Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi on Friday hailed the legislative move to remove the country quota for employment-based green card highlighting that these reforms will help the United States to retain top talent from across the globe while growing the economy.
Krishnamoorthi said: “As an original cosponsor of the Fairness For High-Skilled Immigrants Act, I am proud to announce that this immigration package has incorporated our bill’s fundamental reforms, including the elimination of country-based discrimination for employment-based green cards and the increasing of per-country caps on family-based green cards.”
Krishnamoorthi added that these reforms will help the United States to attract and keep top talents from across the globe while creating more good-paying jobs and growing the country’s economy. He said: “Any comprehensive immigration bill must include these necessary fixes to end the green card backlog once and for all, and I will continue to fight for these provisions until they become law.”
In a statement, a non-profit, South Asian Americans Leading Together stated that the immigration bill is “a historic piece of legislation that proposes a pathway to citizenship for 11 million immigrants, including more than 650,000 undocumented South Asians.”
As we have reported earlier, the bill changes to the employment-based immigration system, eliminate per-country caps, making it easier for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) advanced degree holders from US universities to stay, improve access to green cards for workers in lower-wage industries, giving dependents of H-1B holders work authorization, and preventing children of H-1B holders from aging out of the system.