What does “immigration reform” mean?

Last week, we talked to Pilar Marrero, senior political writer for La Opinion, about immigration reform and her new book ‘Killing the American Dream.’

“Politics and the extreme of the issue has taken over the discussion that should be a policy discussion about how immigration should be taken advantage of by the economy and the society of the United States,” said Marrero.

Brian Aust wrote on our live chat:

The last few attempts at immigration reform have been cumbersome and large bills. Congress can make simple changes to immigration law:

1. Increase the quota limits in both family-based and employment based immigration;

2. Get rid of the “unlawful presence bars” and reimplement section 245(i), which allowed persons who had entered in undocumented status or overstayed their lawful stay, to pay a fine of $1,000 and adjust here.

Today, Kerri will be joined by Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity.

What practical reform would you like to see?

undocumented.jpg(Returning Guatemalan immigrants fly on a deportation flight from Mesa, Arizona on June 24, 2011 in flight to Guatemala City, Guatemala. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, deports thousands of undocumented Guatemalans, many of whom are caught in the controversial federal ‘Secure Communities’ data-sharing program which puts local police on the frontlines of national immigration enforcement. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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