While the proposal for a “fair” merit-based system is yet awaiting its approval, another legislation in favour of immigrants has been presented at the US HOR. The legislation proposes to increase the allocation of US Green Cards by 45 percent from current 1,20,000 to 1,75,000 per annum; also reflecting its support for the merit-based immigration system. This was introduced jointly by several prominent committees (and members), namely- Martha McSally(House Homeland Security Committee Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee Chairwoman), Michael McCaul (House Homeland Security Committee Chairman), Bob Goodlatte (House Judiciary Committee Chairman), and Raul Labrador(House Judiciary Committee Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman).
Termed as ‘Securing America’s Future Act’ and backed by the Trump administration, if passed into law this legislation will end the diversity visa programme and reduce the overall immigration levels from an average of 1.05 million to 2,60,000 a year. Sources also predict that the activation of this bill as a law is sure to benefit most Indian techies who migrate to the US mainly on H-1B visas and opt for green cards or legal permanent residence status. Though the statistics are unconfirmed, it can be predicted that nearly 5,00,000 Indians wait in queues for Green Cards or to get extensions to their H1-B visas. Several of them even wait for decades to get their PR status. The increase in allocation of a green card will certainly eradicate this waiting period.
“This bill offers common-sense solutions that will finally secure our borders, better support our frontline defenders, strengthen interior enforcement, and get tough on those who break our immigration laws. With this the president at the helm, we have the opportunity to provide the security and rule of law our founding fathers intended,” said McCaul.
Every member who has been a part of this initiative presented their views on how this legislation (if turned into law) will be a benefit for both America and immigrants. Raul Labrador said that with the pass of this bill successfully, America’s immigration system will modernize for the next generation and enact conservative reforms that will eventually make the nation strong.”This carefully crafted legislation, which is aligned with the White Houses’ immigration priorities, combines enforcement measures and increased border security to enhance public safety, ensure the door remains open to law-abiding immigrants, and restore the rule of law,” said Bob Goodlatte.
Moreover, White House, in a late-night statement quote (the legislation) “would accomplish the President’s core priorities for the American people”.