Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi seeks relief for high-skilled immigrants stuck in green card backlog – World News

Democrat Congressman from Illinois, Raja Krishnamoorthi, called on his colleagues to join him in sending a letter to United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer on the need to address the employment-based green card backlog as part of budget reconciliation.
Asserting that the “economic recovery from the Covid-19 depends on it”, Krishnamoorthi said any package that addresses long-standing immigration priorities must include relief for the approximately 1.2 million individuals, largely Indians, who are unable to receive a green card, primarily due to country-based discrimination.
“I am pleased that tackling our broken immigration system is part of the budget reconciliation discussion,” the Indian-American Congressman said in a press release on Monday. “However, it is imperative any immigration package include provisions to address the employment-based green card backlog, which is damaging American competitiveness and abandoning 1.2 million people to perpetual non-immigrant status. I call on my colleagues to immediately raise this important issue with leadership and ensure that relief for backlogged high-skilled workers is included in the final package. Our economic recovery from the Covid-19 depends on it.”


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