If the US is serious about improving the situation at the border, Washington must fix its broken immigration system and create a straightforward pathway to citizenship. By allowing migrants to enter into the US legally, the Biden admin. would not only clear immigration-related backlogs but also address labor shortages and the inflation that has been plaguing the country for decades. Additionally, more must be done to speed up asylum applications and protect vulnerable applicants who remain camped at the border.
Foreign labor is a burden on the country, not a cure for economy-wide inflation, because immigrants use more in public services than they pay in taxes and depress the wages of low-skill Americans. The effects of the increasing numbers of illegal and undocumented migrants continues to ripple across the country, with the scenes at border cities reminiscent of conflict-torn countries. The US Congress must re-instate the Remain in Mexico policy, which effectively tackled illegal immigration and asylum fraud.
There's an 8% chance that the US will phase out per-country caps on employment-based visas before 2025, according to the Metaculus prediction community.