Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi urges US Congress to end green card backlog

Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, along with two other members of the US Congress Kathy Manning, and Deborah K Ross, led a coalition of 40 colleagues in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer requesting that the budget reconciliation package provide relief to the 1.2 million individuals stuck in the employment-based green card backlog, strengthening the American economy in the process, according to a press release on Wednesday.
The largest number of people stuck on the green card queues are from India.
Under the current system, no more than 7% of employment-based green cards are available to individuals from a single country. As a result, individuals from countries with large populations — such as India and China — face decade-long wait times to achieve lawful permanent resident status. In order to fully unlock the economic potential of high-skilled immigrants, a pathway to lawful permanent residence must be cleared and the system must be reformed. Reforming this immigration system will be especially helpful to the United States as its economy and workforce continues to recover from the pandemic.
“Failure to provide a path to lawful permanent residence for the 1.2 million people in the employment-based green card backlog, most of whom are H-1B visa holders, would be tantamount to staging an economic recovery with one hand tied behind our back,” the Representatives wrote. “Permanently relegating H-1B holders to non-immigrant status while China, Russia, and other major powers are ascendant on the world stage – and hungry to be home to the innovators of the 21st century – is simply nonsensical. This can and must be addressed in the budget reconciliation package currently under negotiation.”
As a co-chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Immigration Task Force, Congressman Krishnamoorthi has remained committed to advancing immigration reform throughout his time in Congress, including as an original cosponsor of the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act, which passed the House during the tenure of the last Congress.

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