On June 23rd and 24th, high-skilled immigrants from across the country will converge on Capitol Hill to press for common-sense immigration reform that will end green card backlogs for employment-based immigrants. The event is organized by Immigration Voice, the national grassroots organization of legal, high-skilled immigrants living and working in the United States.
“The current system is harmful to legal, high-skilled, tax-paying immigrants and to the American economy, and we’re asking Congress to fix it”, said Aman Kapoor, Co-Founder and President of Immigration Voice. There are a million, legal immigrants and their family members who are trapped in a broken system. Current law keeps highly trained professionals stuck in a bureaucratic backlog for decades, unable to start new businesses, change jobs, or live up to their full potential. Incredibly talented immigrants, including many graduates of America’s top universities, are choosing to pack up and leave. They’re starting companies and creating jobs abroad, even though they’d like to stay here.
Immigration Voice members will hold more than 200 meetings with lawmakers and congressional staff over two days. Participants will advocate for action on immigration this year and a greater focus on eliminating the green card backlogs confronting employment-based immigrants.
“Unfortunately, the lack of any existing House reform proposals mean that more than a million people will continue to be in these horrendous backlogs that cause the severe quality of life issues for high-skilled immigrants already living in the U.S. every day,” continued Kapoor. “In fact, misguided efforts to increase temporary work visas without addressing the green card system will only exacerbate the backlog problem. It just doesn’t make any sense.”
Find out more about Immigration Voice and the green card backlog at http://www.immigrationvoice.org.
Immigration Voice is a national grass-roots organization of legal, high-skilled immigrants living in the United States. The group has almost 100,000 members across the country and represents the interests of the nearly one million skilled immigrants and their family members caught in existing green card backlogs.