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If you look at policy in other major importing countries, like Western Europe, Canada, Australia – these countries have gone down the road of dramatically increasing the access of what we call green cards -- they call permanent residence.
What is "have gone down the road "?

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    It means "travelled" the road. It's like a metaphor, as they obviously didn't travel down a road. The road is the policy of permanent residence (used in Australia), or "green cards" in America. To travel down this road, is to implement the policy.

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