Immigration: Data Not Sufficient for Proposed Legislation

PEMD-89-8 Published: Dec 28, 1988. Publicly Released: Dec 28, 1988.
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In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on the availability and adequacy of data needed to meet reporting requirements under S. 2104, which would revise numerical immigration limitations and require the Attorney General to report: (1) annually on the effects of immigration; and (2) every 3 years on the need to revise immigration limitations.

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Matter for Congressional Consideration

Matter Status Comments
Congress should remove from proposed legislation the linkage between impact measures and the process of periodic review of the numerical limits. However, if Congress views this linkage as critical, then a variety of steps should be undertaken to strengthen immigration data. A number of federal agencies could be involved in such a data improvement effort.
Closed – Implemented
Legislation was re-introduced without recommended changes. The bill was passed.

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