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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

MENENDEZ INTRODUCES RECAPTURE BILL IN SENATE

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Senate Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has introduced S. 3514, the Reuniting Families Act, a bill to recapture unused family and employment-based green cards which were left on the table in the years 1992 to the present. The bill would also change the per country limit of 7% to a more reasonable 10%. Indians, Chinese, Mexicans and Filipinos would benefit greatly from that provision.



It would also make important changes to the 3 and 10 year bars for unlawful presence including raising the age when unlawful presence begins from 18 to 21. The bill would also exempt applicants from the bar if they had a current priority date on or prior to the enactment of the bill if the person is otherwise admissible. The bill would also make it easier to secure a waiver of the bars by making it only necessary to show a hardship (as opposed to an extreme hardship) and allowing a showing of a hardship to a son or daughter in addition to the current law's allowance of a showing of a hardship to a spouse or parent. Also, the federal government would be able to approve a waiver on humanitarian grounds even if there is no qualifying family relationship. 



A companion bill, HR 6938, has been introduced by Rep. Honda (D-CA) in the House of Representatives.



[Update: Upon closer reading of the bill, it also would expand the definition of "immediate relative" to include spouses and minor children of permanent residents, something that will eliminate the multiyear separations that have become common for many families waiting on a quota number].




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  1. Do you want to beleive this's Avatar
    Do you want to beleive this? They have screwed up our lives...Waiting all these years ,they have treated us like trash.

    They have slaughtered us in xchange to animals.

    God is great!
  2. Dan's Avatar
    Another great bill for immigrants...will this have a chance during lameduck session, if any and will be signed by the President on his lameduck days?
  3. George Chell's Avatar
    Better chance next year when Sununu, Allard and perhaps even Ted Stevens are gone.
  4. Deb's Avatar
    Agree. It probably has a better chance next year if the Dems are in a better situation in the house. It surprises me that supposedly pro-family GOP lawmakers failing to support uniting families of LPRs over the years. I sure hope their anti-anything immigrant policies are suicidal at polls this year.
  5. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Actually, this is a very helpful bill! I think everyone needs to contact their Senators about this bill!
  6. Daniela's Avatar
    I HOPE this bill passes. I have been waiting to long already for my husband to come home. I cant believe they would seperate people like this. They dont know how it feels unless it happens to them.
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