Pointless: On the Failure to Adopt an Immigration Points System in the United States

  • Gary P. Freeman
  • David L. Leal
  • Jake Onyett
Part of the Immigrants and Minorities, Politics and Policy book series (IMPP)


When bipartisan efforts to adopt comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) legislation collapsed in the U.S. Congress in June 2007, proposals for a merit-based “points system” to select prospective immigrants died with it. We explain why comprehensive reform did not pass and show that points system proposals did not enhance prospects for reform.


Point System Bush Administration Preference Category Unauthorized Immigrant Comprehensive Reform 
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The authors acknowledge the support of the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin and the research assistance of Joanne Ibarra.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TexasAustinUS

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