Yesterday, a new administration was sworn in and a new era with new dynamics started in our fight against the zero-sum country cap repeal bill.
Our mission is to stop the bills similar to HR1044 that repeal per-country caps without adding green cards, and to advocate for solutions to the green card backlog that don’t harm our members. To do so, we should expand our reach to other groups and bring them into our “more green card coalition”. First and foremost, we are going to broaden our successful “University Outreach” project. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate in this effort.
Regarding the new dynamics in the Congress and White House, there are three moving parts:
1️⃣ House of Representatives:
We are confident that the main Sponsor of the per-country repeal bill in the House, Rep. Lofgren, will introduce another version of the bill in this Congress. Therefore, we have to be vigilant and work hard to prevent the bill from sailing through the House similar to the last Congress.
The Senate has changed drastically. Democrats are in a slim majority, and they might address the immigration problem in a more comprehensive manner this time. More importantly, Sen. Durbin will become the chairman of the judiciary committee shortly. His staff who have been attacked constantly by some proponents of the bill HR1044 will also run the judiciary committee. That is a very good sign for us. We will continue our fight to make sure that this time country-caps won’t be repealed without a hearing and additional green cards. As always #WeBackDurbin.
3️⃣ White House:
President Biden is sworn in and he has introduced a legislative agenda for immigration. According to what we saw in his agenda, it includes capturing unused green cards from previous fiscal years (about 218,000 GCs), not counting spouses and children of primary applicants towards the annual GC quota, and exempting graduates of U.S. universities with advanced STEM degrees from annual quotas.
The three proposals together are very positive signs for us and for the people stuck in the backlog, since they would resolve the current backlog in a less than 5 year period and prevent the formation of a new backlog in the future. However, we must remember that proposals from the executive branch have to be passed by the legislative branch in order to become law.
Although we are hopeful and optimistic about the future, and we are in a much better position now compared to two years ago, we have to keep on fighting to make sure that per-country caps are not repealed as a stand-alone bill without additional green cards.
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