Report: U.S. Visas Should Focus on Economic Development

Published May 29, 2019. By Perry Beeman.

The American Action Forum and the Concord Coalition today released a nonpartisan report that calls on the U.S. government to focus decisions on granting visas on the economic development ramifications, instead of mainly family considerations.

The national release held at Drake University at an event sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Partnership featured AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin and the group’s director of immigration and trade policy, Jacqueline Varas. Iowa GOP activist David Oman, who consults with Concord, and Joe Murphy, the Partnership’s lead staffer on government affairs, also made comments.