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Representatives Krishnamoorthi, Manning, Ross Lead Coalition of 40 Colleagues In Letter To Congressional Leadership Calling For Ending The Employment-Based Green Card Backlog In Reconciliation Package

August 31, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Krishnamoorthi, Manning, and 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 our economy in the process. 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 decades-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 nonimmigrant 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 last Congress.

A copy of the letter is available here.