We are happy to share with you that our bill H.R.3648 – The EAGLE Act will be marked up in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, April 5th 2022.
Preparation is a key ingredient for success. And in anticipation of the vote in the House Judiciary committee, key leaders of Immigration Voice have been in Washington DC for the last two weeks to speak with House Judiciary Members and their staff. As always, we have broad bipartisan support for the bill and we expect that with your active participation we will together see the bill pass the House Judiciary Committee next week, and pass on the House floor soon after.
We have often shared with you the old adage that the legislative process is like a glacier. On the surface it appears as if nothing is moving, but the glacier is slowly but surely moving towards the ocean while grinding away at the obstacles underneath. We share your pain due to the slow pace of the legislative process, but there is only one ultimate outcome here – per-country caps on employment based Green Cards are discriminatory, racist and amoral and the Congress must do the right thing to remove per country caps.
We salute our members for their quiet but intensive efforts over the last few months, especially in the last few weeks, to prepare for this markup. This is particularly true of many of our long-time members who already have Green Cards, but they continue to lead this fight for fairness and justice, taking time away from their lives and busy schedules to fly down to DC and make sure members of the House Judiciary Committee are well informed about the EAGLE Act.
Going forward, firstly, we need you to get ready to step up to get the bill through Congress – especially the Senate, which is the real hurdle. But we truly believe that the bill can and will pass the Congress this year. Please stay tuned for action items!
Secondly, we need you to start a recurring contribution at a level you are comfortable with at donations.immigrationvoice.org. There is no way we would have been able to get to where we are today without the help of our lobbyists and specialized advisors. We need to be able to continue to retain their services in order to keep moving our bill forward, which requires funds.
While it can be very frustrating to watch a glacier-like slow legislative process unfold, please know that the work is constantly underway behind the scenes and the glacier is constantly grinding down obstacles. Even though a lot of us share the pain from the last Congress with the let-down after the House failed to pass the bill after the Senate unanimously passed it, the silver lining is, we did make significant progress by getting the bill passed through the Senate unanimously. And this year we will continue our collective work on the progress from the previous Congress.
We believe we are very close to getting our bill done in this Congress provided everyone in the backlog steps up to do your share with your participation and resources at this critical time.
We are doing our share, we need you to do yours.