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Each year, more than 30 million non-immigrants cross our borders. These travelers include students, tourists, workers and businesspeople. Many of these visitors overstay their visas and remain here, hoping to elude detection by our Immigration and Customs Enforcement service. Our government also has mutual agreements with about 30 friendly nations that permit citizens to cross each other's borders without visas or any prescreening. About 25 million people enter our country this way each year. Each year our State Dept. releases a report on the number of immigrant visa applicants who are waiting in line for their priority dates to become current so they can apply for an immigrant visa (green card) through a U.S. embassy or consulate in a foreign country.

Many people applying for visas already have a family member working in the U.S. However, there is a growing backlog – delays in excess of 180 days - which has kept families separated for many years, and in some cases have split families apart. Currently, the visa backlog is estimated to be about 4 million applicants. Advocates claim the inability to bring family members here makes it harder for U.S. companies to attract the workers they need, and workers who do come may be less productive if forced to endure a long separation from their families.

Proposed Legislation: H.R.5327 - Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families Act (116th Congress)
Prospective Sponsor: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL)












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Poll Opening Date
October 11, 2021
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October 17, 2021


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