The National Journal reports on an idea being floated by UC Davis Professor Giovanni Peri and released by the Brookings Institution which would have some non-immigrant visas made available to the highest bidding employers. The plan also includes a legalization path for some in the country illegally. But the auction concept is really the news item here since it's an idea that has not been much discussed. I like the idea of allowing the marketplace to help shape the immigration system. We don't have to completely shift to such a system, but Peri is on the right track in suggesting we at least consider allowing market forces to drive which workers are coming in to the country as opposed to relying on a disfunctional Congress or government agents that aren't always concerned about improving the country's economic performance.
Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.