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Push for family unity in immigration bill

There are 253 comments on the Seattle Times story from Apr 3, 2013, titled Push for family unity in immigration bill. In it, Seattle Times reports that:

Religious and labor leaders are criticizing plans by senators writing an immigration bill to boost employment-based immigration and limit visas granted to people because of family ties.

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Mayela

Union City, GA

#43 Apr 5, 2013
A family-based approach to immigration reform
By Rep. Michael Honda (D-Calif.)- 02/05/13 12:30 PM ET

It is a fact that our current family-based immigration system is broken, with massive backlogs, arbitrary quotas, and inhumane processes that keep families apart. It has not been updated in over two decades; its dysfunction keeps spouses, children and their parents separated for years and often decades. Current constraints within the legal immigration process place undue burdens on our American families and our economy. For instance, nearly 4.3 million people, including 1.96 million Asian and Pacific Islanders, are waiting in family immigration backlogs for unconscionable periods of time to reunite with their family members.

Immigration reform is not a choice between family-based and employment-sponsored immigration. The United States derives the greatest economic and social benefits from a robust immigration system that utilizes both employment-based and family-based visas, in a well-balanced fashion. To attract workers for all sectors, we must protect and enhance family immigration.


Efficient, fair and effective avenues for legal, family-based immigration will keep America strong. Families come to the U.S. in search of opportunity with the purpose of becoming active members of our society. They purchase homes, start and run businesses that create American jobs, and send their American children to college to obtain the skills they need to contribute to our economy and strengthen American industries. Families pool resources and pitch in to care for young children, the sick, and elderly, so that breadwinners can contribute to America’s economy. We also know that those who enter the United States through kinship ties are more likely to become permanent members of our community.


I plan to do my part to modernize our legal immigration system by reintroducing the Reuniting Families Act (RFA) next week. This commonsense bill reduces family immigration visa backlogs and promotes humane and timely reunification of immigrant families.


First, RFA would recapture unused employment-based and family-sponsored visas lost to bureaucratic delay. For future fiscal years, unused visa numbers will “roll over” to the next fiscal year. Second, this bill helps spouses and children under the age of 21 of lawful permanent residents – who are waiting in line to reunite with their families – by reclassifying them as “immediate relatives.” RFA addresses the decades-long backlogs for certain countries by raising the per-country immigration limits from 7 percent to 15 percent of total admissions and limiting the maximum wait period for a green card to ten years. This bill will increase the government’s discretion and flexibility in addressing numerous hardships, including family separation, caused by the 3-year and 10-year bars, as well as protects widows, widowers and orphans by allowing them to continue to wait in line for a visa even after the death of the sponsoring relative. Finally, RFA eliminates the discrimination facing same-sex couples by allowing them to sponsor their foreign-born partners for immigration to the U.S.


We urgently need a legal immigration system that keeps families together. A practical and well-functioning family-based immigration system is the key to growing our communities and our economy by honoring our family values and reuniting families.

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truth

Noranda, Australia

#44 Apr 5, 2013
yes
past
Eleanor

Vernon Hills, IL

#45 Apr 5, 2013
Nanuq wrote:
<quoted text> the only ones who destroy "OUR" country it's racists like yourself ...first Irish ,Germans , Japanese , blacks, now it's Latino head hunting season ....who's next?....I left natives out because you are illegal in their country you filthy nazi puke you!
What you are NEGLECTING to think about is that the United State immigration laws aren't about RACE.

Immigration laws are to regulate ANYBODY wanting to gain entry into our country. ALL COUNTRIES have a right to control the rate of immigration into their country.

If there is anything RACISTS about thoughts about immigration, it must be coming from YOUR THOUGHTS and not mine.
Mayela

Union City, GA

#46 Apr 5, 2013
The Reuniting Families Act

Imagine being separated from your spouse, minor children, sisters and brothers for years, even decades, due to bureaucratic delays from massive backlogs, insufficient staffing, and visa quotas.

In the 112th Congress, I introduced H.R. 1796 to protect our families. I am proud to reintroduce the Reuniting Families Act to ensure that our efforts on immigration reform are truly comprehensive and support the core value of keeping families together – all families.

Family members have waited too long to be reunited with their spouses, children, and other loved ones overseas, and this legislation reflects our family values and reunites families to strengthen our communities and our economy.

Need for Legislation
The current family-based immigration system has not been updated in over 20 years – keeping spouses, children and their parents separated for years and often decades, despite the fact that the family has played by the rules. For example, the wait for the siblings program for the Philippines is over 23 years. There are currently 4.7 million people in the family immigration backlog waiting unconscionable periods of time to reunite with their family members. This bill takes important steps toward fixing our broken family immigration system by reducing the waiting times for legal immigrants.

The bill contains practical solutions for reducing family immigration visa backlogs and promoting humane and timely reunification of immigrant families. Specifically, the bill includes provisions that would ensure that visas are allocated efficiently; alleviate lengthy wait times that keep legal immigrants and their overseas loved ones separated for years, and decrease measures that prevent family members from obtaining visas. The bill also eliminates discrimination in immigration law against same-sex, permanent partners and their families who are seeking to reunite.

Efficient, fair and effective avenues for legal, family-based immigration are vital to keep

Families pool resources to start and run businesses that create American jobs, purchase homes, and send their American children to college to obtain the skills they need to contribute to our economy and strengthen American industry;
Families provide care for young children, the sick, and elderly, when other options remain unaffordable, so that breadwinners can contribute to our nation’s economy; and
Families provide security for aging workforces, which is particularly important for America given the jeopardized social security system.

Family members have waited too long to be reunited with their spouses, children, and other loved ones overseas. This legislation reflects our family values and reunites families to strengthen our communities and our economy.

Bill Summary
The Reuniting Families Act would

Recapture family and work visas that have gone unused and unclaimed due to bureaucratic delay;
Reduce the long backlog for families trying to reunite with their loved ones by classifying lawful permanent resident spouses, children, and same-sex partners as “immediate relatives” and exempting them from numerical caps on family immigration;
Increase per-country limits from 7% to 10% so that nations with a higher demand for workers can better equip the American economy with talent;
Allow families to reunite in the face of numerous hardships, including family separation and death of a petitioner;
Provide equal treatment for all stepchildren and biological children under immigration laws
Recognize the sacrifices of our military by exempting children of World War II Filipino veterans from numerical caps; and
Allow family members to reunite despite bars to reentry.
http://www.honda.house.gov/index.php...
spud

Bangor, PA

#47 Apr 5, 2013
Nanuq wrote:
<quoted text> do you swallow?
Do you really think vulgarity helps your argument? Maybe that's what you turn to when you are getting your butt kicked.
Ifyouonlyknew

United States

#48 Apr 5, 2013
Hey peeps no use in arguing, they will never understand the facts because they don't live it. Look don't stoop to their level with ridiculous comments we are better than that. You know they say that illegals are taking all the jobs.INDEED!!! Because no one wants to work for what they pay... Immigrants do not care so much about the pay, they care about supporting their family not wearing Abercrombie, Tommy Hilfiger, and driving BMW's... I agree it is the government that has caused all this... There is not a good system put in place. But it's not only Mexicans that are here. And for the 100th time illegals do pay taxes it's called an ITIN #- LOOK IT UP!!! There is not 1 100% pure American here.
see the light

United States

#49 Apr 5, 2013
juan wrote:
<quoted text> That shows you are a waste very very sad!!!!
Im an American Citizen, you on the other hand are a roach.
see the light

United States

#50 Apr 5, 2013
Colorado Chick wrote:
<quoted text> By paying RENT, renters DO pay THEIR share of Property Taxes...FREAKZOID!!!
The 10 Bucks you pay for housing is what he uses at McDonald's.
spud

Bangor, PA

#51 Apr 5, 2013
Colorado Chick wrote:
NOT FAIR to LEGALIZED Immigrants ALREADY here... WAITING for their loved ones to Come and join them and BECOMING Legal themselves??... WHAT EXACTLY DID OUR President HAVE in Mind..WHEN He passed this ILLEGAL ACT..that they COULD STAY??...NO RESPECT... FOR those THAT took the Time to Study to pass the CITZENSHIP EXAM...and let's NOT forget JOE TAXPAYERS VIEW on this SUBJECT!!!
I like the way you said that Colorado.
nym8387

Lawrence, MA

#52 Apr 6, 2013
see the light wrote:
<quoted text>Im an American Citizen, you on the other hand are a roach.
lmao

“Work hard at work worth doing.”

Level 10

Since: Apr 11

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#53 Apr 6, 2013
Colorado Chick wrote:
<quoted text> By paying RENT, renters DO pay THEIR share of Property Taxes...FREAKZOID!!!
That is not entirely true, if the "renters" happen to be comprised of three or four families crammed into a single family abode, now is it? This is a common ploy of many illegals.
Mayela

Union City, GA

#54 Apr 6, 2013
Push for family unity in immigration bill

WASHINGTON (AP)— Religious and labor leaders are criticizing plans by senators writing an immigration bill to boost employment-based immigration and limit visas granted to people because of family ties.

On a conference call Wednesday, officials representing the Roman Catholic Church, the AFL-CIO and others said that family immigration is a cornerstone of the nation’s immigration policy and that shouldn’t change. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka says immigration reform should work to unite families, not divide them.
http://www.trivalleycentral.com/casa_grande_d...
nym8387

Lawrence, MA

#55 Apr 6, 2013
Mayela wrote:
Push for family unity in immigration bill
WASHINGTON (AP)— Religious and labor leaders are criticizing plans by senators writing an immigration bill to boost employment-based immigration and limit visas granted to people because of family ties.
On a conference call Wednesday, officials representing the Roman Catholic Church, the AFL-CIO and others said that family immigration is a cornerstone of the nation’s immigration policy and that shouldn’t change. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka says immigration reform should work to unite families, not divide them.
http://www.trivalleycentral.com/casa_grande_d...
Too bad, they knew they didnt belong here.
Juan

Vero Beach, FL

#56 Apr 6, 2013
Families should not be separated.
nym8387

Lawrence, MA

#57 Apr 6, 2013
Juan wrote:
Families should not be separated.
Then dont start any in a country you don't belong in,adiós
freedom

London, KY

#58 Apr 6, 2013
the way that i see it alot of people talk about sending people back to mexico really what is the problem with mexicains being here? how many people would like to lose their husbands or wifes just because of race faimlies shouldnt have to be separted and people that think it should in my opion are just plain evil america is supposed to be the land of freedom how is it freedom when we dont have the right to be with our loved ones just because the werent born here? i think immigration shouldnt be such a hassle!
freedom

London, KY

#60 Apr 6, 2013
Juan wrote:
Families should not be separated.
i couldnt agree anymore juan families shouldnt be separted for any reason espicially not just because they arent americian
Joseph

Secaucus, NJ

#61 Apr 6, 2013
Juan wrote:
Families should not be separated.
I'll agree with can reunite all illegals back with their relatives in their home countries and stay as family units. You can start by joining your worthless parents in soup city, mexihole. Adios MF.

SSDD eh juanita? PS. nobody missed you or your la ratza propaganda...
nym8387

Lawrence, MA

#62 Apr 6, 2013
freedom wrote:
the way that i see it alot of people talk about sending people back to mexico really what is the problem with mexicains being here? how many people would like to lose their husbands or wifes just because of race faimlies shouldnt have to be separted and people that think it should in my opion are just plain evil america is supposed to be the land of freedom how is it freedom when we dont have the right to be with our loved ones just because the werent born here? i think immigration shouldnt be such a hassle!
This country has laws that must be enforced,if you people did things properly you wouldn't have to worry about being separated. No amnesty and birthright citizenship only for the sons and daughters of Americans and legal immigrants.
nym8387

Lawrence, MA

#63 Apr 6, 2013
freedom wrote:
<quoted text> i couldnt agree anymore juan families shouldnt be separted for any reason espicially not just because they arent americian
You dont have the right to start a family in a country you dont belong in,go back and stay together

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