Outside the Box: States should have their own economic visa programs for immigrants

President Trump said that he wants a merit-based immigration system that “nations around the world, like Canada, Australia, and many others have.”

The good news for the president, then, is that there’s a bill he could get behind to create just such a system. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) introduced a new bill earlier this month, S.1040, co-authored by Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and co-sponsored by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), also known as the “State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act of 2017.” Their bill adopts a major component of the Canadian immigration system — visas sponsored by individual states, rather than the federal government.

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