San Diego Law Review

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Legal Immigration Reform


Alan K. Simpson

Library of Congress Authority File


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In this Article, Senator Simpson discusses Congress's sweeping legislation to control illegal immigration, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1996. Despite the passage of this legislation further legal immigration reform is still needed. The Article notes what reform is needed and addresses some of the major issues that Congress should consider when addressing it. Specifically, the two methods to achieve are (1) setting a national level of immigration which will be periodically reviewed by Congress and the Executive branch, and (2) increasing the number and proportion of visas granted to immigrants based on their skills or U.S. labor market needs.