Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 10:29 am
Credit Lam Thuy Vo / NPR
America's economy would be better off if the U.S. admitted more highly skilled workers, James Surowiecki recently argued in the New Yorker. That got us thinking: How does the U.S. compare to the rest of the developed world when it comes to immigration policy?
The short answer: The U.S. mostly lets in family members of people who are already in this country. Other developed countries focus much more on letting in workers.
Colorado now has access to a federal immigration database designed to check the immigration status of voters. Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler says he finalized the agreement Friday with the Department of Homeland Security to use the verification system.