SHRM Online: Should the U.S. focus more on admitting immigrants with technical skills, rather than favor family relationships?
Frum: Recently naturalized people can sponsor not only spouses, but also parents, siblings and those siblings' children. Each accepted immigrant to the U.S. on average will sponsor 4.5 people after him or her. But—and this is the big but—the numbers for many of these family categories are capped, only so many per year. This creates the huge queues that characterize the U.S. system.
Promises that cannot be honored should not be extended in the first place. For that reason, the sibling preference especially should be abolished.
Meanwhile, the skilled category should be rethought. Incredibly, H-1B [visas] are issued on a first come, first served basis. Truly indispensable executive talent is often stuck, as the very biggest tech companies jam the system with visa applications for routine programmers with an eye more to restraining wages than filling an authentic skills gap.