On Dec. 6,2019, Rep. Donna E. Shalala introduced the Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families (RELIEF) Act. According to the press release, this bill is the House companion to S.2603, introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Leahy (D-VT) and eliminates the family and employment green card backlog by increasing the number of green cards. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) is also an original cosponsor of this bill.
“For years now, businesses in my district and across America have been hamstrung when trying to attract the world’s best talent because of our outdated family and employment-based green card policies” said Rep. Shalala. “This bill is a commonsense solution that will keep families together, streamline our immigration processes, and make America more competitive in our increasingly globalized world.” she continued.
“In Florida, the green card backlog breaks up too many families, sidetracks too many careers and constrains too many businesses to leave unaddressed. These outdated policies benefit no one, and this bill would modernize this flawed system,” Wasserman Schultz said. “The RELIEF Act would make America more competitive and help keep the families of our friends and co-workers together.”
Thank you Rep. Donna E. Shalala and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for your leadership. All of Us (5000+ US college-trained scientists, researchers, doctors, engineers and artists from 50+ countries) support the RELIEF Act which is indeed the only solution to the green card backlog issue.