Immigration Policies: Canada Ahead of the U.S in Terms of Economic Immigration

With the recent immigration policies in the U.S., the two frontrunners within the Democratic race have had so much to say on the way to reverse Trump administration immigration policies affecting migrants and undocumented immigrants. 

Nonetheless, they haven’t centred a whole lot of their campaigning efforts addressing the aspect of economic immigration where Canada appears to be ahead of the U.S.

Because the U.S. makes it harder for expert employees to renew their temporary work petitions, also referred to as H-1B, some immigrants are opting for Canada instead.

“Canada has been the best at creating visas quickly for [foreign workers],” said Julia Gelatt, a senior policy analyst at Migration Policy Institute, “It’s a priority for some of us close observers that Canada is ahead in the race for economic talents.”

Gelatt additionally stated in the meantime Canada is doing a better job of attracting international students.

Although there are still more international students in the U.S., there was a decline in enrolment rates since Donald Trump took office. Whereas, Canada has seen exponential progress in international students enrollment.

The Trump administration’s modifications to immigration policy affected Canada in more than just economic-class immigration.

After withdrawing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a reported 60,000 Haitians in November 2018, Canada noticed a surge of asylum seekers coming by land from the U.S.

Democrats emphasize humanitarian over economic immigration

U.S. voters are in the process of selecting who will tackle Trump in the November 2020 election. Following the Super Tuesday primaries, it’s now right down to U.S. senator Bernie Sanders, and former VP Joe Biden.

Both Democratic candidates have established their immigration platforms on criticizing policies established by the Trump administration over the past 4 years, such as 
ending the Muslim ban, 
defending immigrants who came to the U.S. as kids and who became generally known as “Dreamers”implementing a moratorium on deportation.

Sourced from candidates’ webpages.

The subject of enhancing programs for economic-class immigrants appears to have been pushed again behind promises of abolishing Trump-era immigration policy reforms.

Cristobal Ramón, a senior policy analyst with Bipartisan Policy Centre, informed CIC News that in the entire Democratic chief candidate platforms, none have proposed broad overhauls of employment-based immigration.

“There is no overarching vision for altering the authorized immigration system,” Ramón stated, “Instead what you have got is minor tweaks proposed to these programs, and that’s the extent of it.”

One such “minor tweak,” Ramón explains, is Biden’s plan to broaden the variety of high-skilled visas and eliminating the bounds on employment-based visas by nation. He mentioned that this is the only Democratic promise exhibiting an attempt to reverse what the Trump administration has done to employment-based immigration.

“Whereas I don’t suppose this oversight stems from animus towards these groups, it’s problematic since employment-based immigrants have to deal with issues like prolonged backlogs for employment-based green cards that may last a long time for nationals for certain nations such as China and India,” Ramón wrote in an e-mail.

“Without these proposals, the US can’t have a strong debate over the ways we are able to develop an immigration system that addresses these issues and meets the need of employment-based immigrants, their employers, and the American workforce.”

For Gelatt, the emphasis on migration is in response to the humanitarian fallout of Trump immigration policies.

“National attention has been diverted to the asylum disaster at the southwest border,” Gelatt stated. “The number of asylum seekers has been actually much. Consequential decisions, family separations, have pulled on our heartstrings.”

Additionally, since U.S. immigration offers precedence to immigration candidates who’ve family residing within the states, some might perceive the emphasis on employment-based immigration as a menace to the locations that may very well be reserved for relations, Gelatt said.

The U.S. context runs in stark distinction to Canada’s. On a per capita foundation, Canada is welcoming thrice as many immigrants as the U.S. Unlike, in the U.S., the vast majority of Canada’s immigrants arrived under the economic class via over 80 completely different immigration streams.

The most important difference between the 2 nations is border management. U.S. immigration discourse and policies are dominated by the fact the nation has historically seen massive flows of irregular migration from its southern border. In the absence of serious and sustained irregular migration, Canada is now capable of welcoming about a million newcomers every year as immigrants, international students, and temporary foreign workers, all of them while maintaining public help for immigration.

Without public help, the eventual winner of the U.S. presidential election in November will struggle to have the political capital needed to introduce economic class immigration reforms. This will help Canada to remain at the forefront of the global race for immigrant talents.


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