A group of four top Democratic senators has presented legislation to give a much-necessary pathway to a Green Card for up to 8 million individuals, including dreamers, H-1B, and long-term visa holders.
Under the bill, an immigrant might meet all requirements for lawful permanent resident status if they have lived in the US continuously for at least 7 years.
The Reestablishing Immigration Provisions of the Immigration Act was presented in the Senate by Senator Alex Padilla and co-sponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren, Ben Ray Lujan, and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin.
Our outdated immigration system is harming countless individuals and keeping down America’s economy. My bill would update the Registry cutoff date for the first time in over 35 years so that more immigrants can apply for legal permanent residence, said Padilla.
This could significantly affect a huge number of immigrants. Some of who have been living, working and adding to the United States for decades. By allowing them to live openly without the fear of an uncertain future, he said.
Green Card pathway
A Green Card, known formally as a Permanent Resident Card, is a document given to immigrants. To the US as proof that the carrier has been granted the honor of residing for all time.
The regulation would give a much-necessary pathway to a green card for up to 8 million individuals. Including dreamers effectively dislodged residents (TPS holders), children of long-term visa holders who face deportation, essential laborers, and highly skilled individuals from the workforce. For example, H-1B visa holders who have been waiting years for a green card to become available, a statement said.
According to estimates by the pro-immigration campaigning group FWD.us. If the undocumented people covered in this bill became residents, they would contribute roughly USD 83 billion. To the US economy every year and about USD 27 billion in charges.
However, Companion legislation has been presented in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren.
For decades, immigrants who contribute fundamentally to our networks and our economy have been relegated to lawful limbo. Said Lofgren, Chair of the House Subcommittee on Immigration.
Bill introduced in US Congress
Moreover, updating this historically-bipartisan provision to give lawful permanent resident status. Immigrants who have been a part of our networks for years will make our immigration system fairer and our country stronger, she said.
The legislators said Section 249 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, otherwise called the Registry. It gives the Secretary of Homeland Security the discretion to register specific people for lawful permanent resident status. If they have been in the country since a certain date and meet other requirements.
Section 249 was first systematized in 1929 and Congress has adjusted it multiple times, generally as of late in 1986. No changes have been made since 1986 and the cutoff date for eligibility remains 1st January 1972, more than 50 years ago.
The move has been invited by the Green Card competitors living in the country.
The main humanitarian and viable solution for us is a pathway to citizenship, which the Registry Bill seeks to offer. We demand that Congress act and make the best decision. Pass the Registry Bill, said Anil Shahi, TPS Holder from Nepal and Coordinator with Adhikaar & Communities United for Status & Protection (CUSP). Also, he has lived in this country for over 30 years.
We hail the striking authority of Representatives Padilla, Lujan, Warren, and Durbin to move Congress to update the registry. Current immigration regulation has not been reexamined in more than 35 years. An update of the registry will give immigrants the ability to access permanent residency, said Angelica Salas, CHIRLA executive director.