Disappointed backlogged Indian says â€œenvironment in the US is not suitable for Indiansâ€
Two Indian American lawmakers have urged their colleagues to make one more attempt to deliver long due immigration reform after the US House failed to pass the EAGLE Act eliminating 7% per country green card caps.
â€œOur immigration system is broken and antithetical to our moral values as a country,â€ tweeted Pramila Jayapal, House member from Washington. â€œThereâ€™s still time left in this session to deliver long-overdue reform. We have to get this done.â€
Read: White House endorses Eagle Act to eliminate green card country cap (December 8, 2022)
â€œPer-country green card caps create lengthy backlogs to secure permanent status. For immigrants from India, this wait spans 150+ years,â€ she wrote in another tweet. â€œAs someone whoâ€™s been on an H-1B visa, Iâ€™m proud to support the EAGLE Act to create a first-come, first-served system.â€
Ro Khanna, who represents Silicon Valley too was â€œdisappointed to see that Congress has still not passed the EAGLE Act.â€
â€œI urge House leadership to bring it up for a vote before we adjourn this Congress to end arbitrary per-country green card caps and bring down our decades-long backlog for immigrants,â€ he tweeted.
Rep Eric Swalwell was also â€œdisappointed that the EAGLE Act, a bill to make our employment-based visa system fairer, hasn’t come for a vote in the House. Too many visa holders & their families are stuck in a green card backlog that arbitrarily discriminates against immigrants from certain countries.â€
Read: EAGLE Act, a game changer for green card backlogs?Â (June 6, 2021)
Their comments were retweeted by Saurabh, a backlogged immigrant who tweeted his letter to Indian Foreign Minister, S Jaishankar and the Ministry of External Affairs â€œrequesting them to issue a travel advisory for F1 & H1-Bâ€ – visa used extensively by Indian students and skilled workers.
â€œThe environment in the US is not suitable for Indians and it is our moral duty to educate students and high-skilled workers against traveling & engaging with US institutions,â€ he tweeted
Coreena Enet Suares noted â€œ700,000 Indian expats await Green Cards. Waiting time to receive a PR for an Indian applying today, is 90 years and around 80,000 children are expected to age out before their parents receive permanent residence.â€
David J. Bier, associate director of immigration studies at the Cato Institute, a Washington think tank also urged the Biden administration â€œto act aggressively to prevent the depopulation of the United States by skilled Indian immigrants.â€
â€œNow that EAGLE Act is dead, and Congress is dead for at least 2 years. The admin needs to act aggressively to prevent the depopulation of the United States by skilled Indian immigrants,â€ he tweeted.