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Proposed immigration law could see tighter restrictions

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Proposed immigration law could see tighter restrictions

BY Immigration Attorney Caroly Pedersen

On February 7th, Republican Senators unveiled proposed immigration legislation which could dramatically change America’s entire legal immigration system.

Called the “Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act” the proposal intends to cut all legal immigration by 50 percent, exclude parents of citizens from the current special designation as “immediate relatives” and force them to wait in long visa lines, eliminate the yearly diversity (Visa Lottery) program, and cut refugee visas by half. Most tragically, the measure would eliminate all immigrant visas for adult children of U.S. citizens and residents, and brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens. Under the proposal only spouses and unmarried minor children of citizens and permanent residents would be eligible to obtain Green Cards.

Introduced by Republican senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, the Act, would dramatically alter our current legal immigration laws and by Cotton’s own estimate, “cut annual immigration in half, from 1 million to 500,000 green cards per year”. An exception in the proposal would allow qualifying elderly parents to obtain temporary visas to stay with sponsoring U.S. Citizen children in the U.S., but would require proof of health insurance and not allow the parents to work or receive public benefits.

Cotton reportedly told reporters.

“He strongly supports the broad concept of moving legal immigration towards a merit-based system,”.

The Senate Bill is expected to be introduced in the coming weeks, and as we now  know, things are changing at lightning speed.

So with family immigration under fire, it’s only a matter of time before some version of a Restrictionist  immigration Bill is signed into law by Trump. As a result, U.S. Citizens should not delay in filing petitions for Parents, adult Children (single and married) and Siblings now! Similarly, U.S.  Residents (Green Card holders) should file petitions to sponsor their adult single children as well. As in the past, immigrant petitions for all these family members filed before the law changes, will remain valid in the future, even if family categories are later restricted or eliminated.

This radical immigration proposal could be the start of similar legislation to come under the Republican controlled Congress and Whitehouse. There are few limits on their powers, except public opinion! This is your opportunity to voice your opposition to any Congressional proposals to restrict legal immigration, before it’s too late! Call your local Senators now and tell them you do NOT support the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act and want to stop any efforts to restrict legal immigration. For Florida, you can call your Senators at: Democratic Sen. Nelson : 202-224-5274 and Republican Sen. Rubio: 202-224-3041  

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