San Diego International Law Journal

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This Article proposes a legislative scheme to undo the incentives that Congress has created and perpetuated since the 1960s for Mexicans to live unlawfully in the United States. The main features of the proposed scheme are: (1) the exemption of all family-sponsored immigrant visas from Mexico's per-country quota, (2) a guaranteed percentage of the quota of diversity ("lottery") visas for Mexicans who have no family member or employer who has sponsored their immigration, (3) a waiver of unlawful presence for Mexicans who return to Mexico by a specified deadline, and (4) revocation of the visa petitions of Mexicans who remain unlawfully in the United States.