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Immigration Voice, a national nonprofit that advocates easier employment, travel and working conditions for legal high-skilled immigrants, has expressed “profound disappointment” at the decision of Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) to block the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act 2019 in the Senate.
On July 10, the bill was passed by the House of Representatives by 365 votes to 65, the first bipartisan immigration bill to pass through the House or the Senate this year.
The Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act seeks to create a fair and equitable “first come, first served” system for receiving employment-based green cards, ending the quota system that has left a million Indian immigrants in a decades-long queue while individuals from other countries get their cards with next to no waiting period.
Sen Mike Lee (R-UT), lead sponsor of the S386 bill in the Senate, attempted to get the bipartisan bill, also led by Sen Kamala Harris (D-CA), by unanimous consent Thursday and was blocked from doing so by Sen Durbin.
Sen Durbin, who co-sponsored the bill in the 112th Congress, is now insisting that Republicans agree to an additional five million green cards over the next five years in return for support to ending discrimination in the legal immigration system.
Aman Kapoor, Immigration Voice co-founder and president, said, “Immigration Voice is incredibly disappointed in Sen Durbin’s decision to be the only senator against treating all human beings equally when it comes to wait time for employment-based green cards.”
Kapoor said the senator “knows full well” that he is blocking a bill that was written by Democrats and whose sole purpose was to end national origin-based discrimination.
“But, unfortunately, because he has had a long history of attacking immigrants from India, including at a recent town hall he engineered and choreographed for this purpose, he has introduced a poison pill bill/amendment that he knows full well cannot pass.”
Kapoor said no one on the waiting list asked to be born in India. “But because of the misfortune of the longitude and latitude of our birthplace, we will die waiting in the green card line while people born 10 miles away can get a green card immediately.”