I was quoted in U.S. News on November 10 discussing the Diversity Visa Lottery program and the skill sets of those who are admitted through it. On the one hand, the program is a way of increasing representation of citizens of countries that do not send many people to America. It can be difficult for U.S. employers to hire skilled workers being the requirement is that there are no U.S. workers who could do the job. In the end, nobody knows if the program is helping low-skill immigration. We don’t have good statistical outcomes about any kind of immigration. We just don’t track immigrants after they arrive in the U.S. to find out how they are doing five or ten years later.
“Is it a zero-sum game such that those 50,000 visas go to some other categories? Should we have more immigration altogether? Should we have less?”
Read the article here.