February 16, 2016 12:56PM

Deregulating Skilled Immigration – What President Obama Can Do

In 2013, 53 percent of all employment-based green cards actually sponsored the family members of workers while only 47 percent went to the workers themselves.  Some of those family members are workers, but they should have a separate green card category or be exempted from the employment green card quota altogether. 

If family members were exempted from the quota, or there was a separate green card category for them, an additional 85,232 highly skilled immigrant workers could have entered in 2013 without increasing the quota.    

As I explain in this video, President Obama has the power to improve this allocation of visas: 

For more on this issue, please read this work by immigration attorneys Cyrus Mehta and Gary Endelman and quotes here by renowned immigration attorney Matthew Kolken.