The petition, titled “Pass H.R. 1044/S.386,” was launched on July 15 and is aiming for 100,000 signatures to compel a White House response.
The month of July has been eventful for supporters of immigration reforms in the country. Last week, with the passing of H.R. 1044, or the “Fairness for high skilled Immigrants Act” by the US House of Representatives, many immigration activists are beginning to believe that finally there might be light at the end of the tunnel, especially for those got caught in the green card back log.
While initial victories are important as they set the momentum for bigger things to come, the immigration reform activists are also aware that the bill has a long way to go before it becomes a law. So many are now working toward creating an awareness about the urgency of passing S. 386, the companion bill of H.R. 1044 in the Senate, which would be next step, followed by signing by the president before the bill becomes a law.
In order to expedite the process and show an unwavering support for ending green card back log, a petition was launched Monday, July 15, on the White House website. The petition titled, “Pass H.R.1044/S.386 – Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act,” aims for 100,000 signatures to compel a White House response.
It says that the reforms would help a huge number of people who want to make America their home legally and want to contribute to American economy in a positive way.
Started anonymously, the petition states: “For decades, Indian and Chinese nationals are stuck in green card backlog due to an arbitrary country of origin limit set on green cards issued every year. Highly populous countries produce more STEM graduates and they are all employed in US and waiting for green cards to be available for decades now. Some will not get green card in their life time with the current backlog.” It adds, “This arbitrary and discriminating per country limit must be removed to favor high skilled immigration just based on skills. Country of birth or color is NO skill.”
As of 2 pm EST, the petition has been signed by more than 14,500 individuals.
It may be noted that while H.R. 1044 was passed with a huge bipartisan support in the House, the Senate, where Republicans are in the majority, can be a different story. For many who are stuck in the green card back log for years, now the major concern is the passing of S. 386 the companion bill.
S. 386 was introduced in the Senate back in February by Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Mike Lee (R-UT). This bill, which is also bipartisan, was referred to the committee on July 9.
However, Sen. Rand Paul, who has been opposed to the Fairness Act, has put a hold to S.386 and has introduced the BELIEVE Act (Backlog Elimination, Legal Immigration and Employment Visa Enhancement Act) (S. 2091), instead.
Currently many Indians as well as Chinese are campaigning in support of the S.386. These two nationalities remain the worst affected due to the mounting green card backlog, which runs into decades, creating a financial and emotional duress on families.
After the passage of H.R. 1044 in the House, many Indian nationals are working to create a momentum for S. 386. The petition is part of that effort inform the authorities that the need for the reforms is urgent.
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