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Fixing Immigration: Aaron Reichlin-Melnick

Fixing Immigration: Aaron Reichlin-Melnick

Update: 2024-05-02
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Aaron Reichlin-Melnick is the Policy Director at the American Immigration Council, a non-profit organization that strives to strengthen the United States by shaping immigration policies and practices. We discuss how out-of-date immigration laws are and why the only cure is comprehensive immigration reform from Congress.

 

US immigration laws have not changed since the 1990s. The current border enforcement and asylum system dates back to 1996, and in fact, one of the reasons that asylum seekers are living in shelters is because Congress decided in 1996 to make it illegal for them to get a work permit until six months after they apply for asylum. The asylum system is severely underfunded and is a major reason for processing delays.  In addition, there are more than 4 million people who have already been approved for visas but the wait time to get the legal status is decades long. 



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Guests: Aaron Reichlin-Melnick

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Producer: Zack Travis

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Fixing Immigration: Aaron Reichlin-Melnick

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