Washington, August 6
The per-country cap on authorized everlasting residency punishes immigrants from India and the look ahead to the coveted Green Card for Indians runs into 200 years, a high American Senator has mentioned, terming the “discrimination” as “inconsistent” with the rules of a merit-based immigration system.
Green Card, identified formally as a Permanent Resident Card, is a doc issued to immigrants to the US as proof that the bearer has been granted the privilege of residing completely.
Indian IT professionals, most of whom are extremely expert and are available to the US primarily on the H-1B work visas, are the worst victims of the present immigration system which imposes a seven per cent per nation quota on allotment of the coveted Green Card or everlasting authorized residency.
Republican Senator Mike Lee, on the Senate ground, mentioned on Wednesday that he has all the time been struck by the truth that the federal government has conditioned Green Card.
There could have been some legit motive many a long time in the past for this, however has led to a system that largely discriminates towards Green Card candidates from one nation, Lee advised his Senate colleagues.
Currently, there’s a backlog of just about a million overseas nationals and accompanying members of the family lawfully residing within the United States who’ve been permitted for, and are ready to obtain, employment-based Green Cards. The largest variety of them is from India.
“I mean, literally one country. This is inconsistent with our founding principles. this is not how we try to do things as Americans, and it’s not right. Today, if you’re a work-based immigrant from India entering into the EB- Green Card application process, you will wait almost 200 years before your application is even considered solely because of where you were born,” the senator mentioned.
“Almost 200 years on a waiting list. Some people don’t even live that long. Our country isn’t much older than that, and that’s the amount of time they would have to wait based solely on the basis of the country in which they were born,” Lee mentioned, urging his Senate colleagues to carry the country-cap on Green Card candidates.
“If you’re born anywhere else, anywhere else other than China; let’s say in Ghana, Sweden, Indonesia, basically any other country other than India, your application will be considered immediately. This sort of discrimination is simply inconsistent with the principles of a merit-based immigration system and with our founding principles and the principles that unite us as Americans,” Lee mentioned.
He sought unanimous consent that the judicial committee be discharged from additional consideration of S 386 and the Senate now proceed to go the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act (HR 1044), as handed by the House, that might remove the seven per cent per-country ceiling, alongside along with his modification.
The laws would allocate employment-based visas to potential immigrants by software date on a first-come, first-served foundation with out regard to nation of origin.
However, it might not scale back the backlog as a result of it might not improve the variety of overseas nationals receiving Green Cards. As handed by the House, HR 1044 would come with a three-year transition interval from the present system to the brand new system.
Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, nevertheless, opposed Lee’s modification, arguing that it doesn’t embrace the language to guard immigrants’ youngsters who’re lower than 21 years of age.
The modification would modify his proposal, permitting for instant implementation of the 50/50 rule. The Lee modification, he argued, can even present that present H-1B workers could proceed to alter employers.
The function of his 50/50 provision is to stop outsourcing firms from hiring new H-1B workers. Lee’s language wouldn’t permit these firms to import new H-1B staff to take advantage of, the senator mentioned.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that enables US firms to make use of overseas staff in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical experience. Technology firms depend upon it to rent tens of hundreds of workers annually from international locations like India and China.
“So that is not objectionable to me. Lee’s amendment also accepts my proposal to delay by one year the bill’s section changing the distribution of Green Cards to allow processing time for pending applications,” Durbin mentioned.
Durbin mentioned that the modification presently being thought of for which unanimous consent has been requested contains a number of key provisions he has advocated for that weren’t in Senator Lee’s unique invoice.
These embrace submitting to guard immigrant staff and their households caught within the backlog, and annual Green Card set-aside for these ineligible as a result of they’re abroad, a one-year delay to part 2 of the invoice to guard pending Green Card purposes, and the 50/50 rule to guard American jobs and staff and to stop the exploitation of immigrant staff that helped create the Green Card backlog. PTI