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Frank Sharry Biography

Executive Director, National Immigration Forum (NIF)
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the US Federal Government Provide a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“America does have relatively generous employment-based quotas for high-skilled workers. But for workers who come to fill service jobs? Nada. The labor market demands roughly 500,000 such workers a year, but our immigration laws supply just 5,000 such immigrant visas annually. And this tiny trickle is backlogged for 10 years. My point is that there is an enormous mismatch between labor-market realities and our immigration policy. Moreover, our family visa lines are so backlogged that it can take a decade for spouses to be reunited — legally. Not surprisingly, many stop waiting and come illegally. Given all this, is it any wonder that our system is so broken, that our border-control efforts have failed, that 500,000 migrants settle without permission in the United States each year, and that the undocumented immigrant population now totals 11 million people?”

“Immigration Demystified,” The American Prospect, Nov. 10, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Executive Director, National Immigration Forum (NIF), 1990-present
  • Testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary regarding immigration reform, Oct. 18, 2005
  • Deputy Campaign Manager of Taxpayers Against Proposition 187, 1994
  • Executive Director of Centro Presente, 1987-1990
  • Co-founder, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA)
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Quoted in:
  1. Would Increasing Legal Immigration Reduce Illegal Immigration?