Ben McAdams on Immigration
A: Our federal immigration system is broken. I supported the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the Senate in 2013. We are a nation of immigrants but we are also a nation of laws. No one should be entering this country illegally. That means giving border patrol agents the personnel & technology they need to stop illegal immigration at the border. It requires upgrading our e-verify background check system to ensure that employers are not hiring illegals that do get through our border.
We should improve the legal immigration process for individuals seeking to come here legally. I support the DREAM Act which would provide a path to citizenship for the immigrants who were brought here as children and who are working, pursuing education, serving in the military and for whom this country is the only home they have ever known.
Deseret News summary:The bill allows illegal immigrants in the state prior to 2011 to be eligible for the guest worker permit, which [one opponent] said not just opens the door to illegal immigrants but opens the barn door.
Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 21-7-1 on Mar/4/11; State Sen. Ben McAdams voted YES; Passed House 41-32-2 on Mar/4; Signed by Governor on Mar/15.
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Legislative Summary:This bill increases the per-country cap on family-based immigrant visas from 7% of the total number of such visas available that year to 15%, and eliminates the 7% cap for employment-based immigrant visas. It also removes an offset that reduced the number of visas for individuals from China. The bill also establishes transition rules for employment-based visas from FY2020-FY2022, by reserving a percentage of EB-2 (workers with advanced degrees or exceptional ability), EB-3 (skilled and other workers), and EB-5 (investors) visas for individuals not from the two countries with the largest number of recipients of such visas. Of the unreserved visas, not more than 85% shall be allotted to immigrants from any single country.
Explanation from the Countable.US: Under the current immigration system, immigrants from any one country can claim no more than 7% of the 140,000 employment-based green cards issued annually to foreign nationals working in the U.S. This significantly disadvantages immigrants from larger countries that more immigrants come from.
For example, China (population 1.3 billion) and India have large backlogs of workers wishing to immigrate to and work in the U.S., but they have the name visa caps as countries such as Iceland or Estonia (population 1.3 million), which have both much smaller populations and far fewer citizens seeking to immigrate to the U.S.
The net effect of this is that immigrants from India and China can face decades-long waits, averaging 2-3 times the wait times for immigrants from other countries, for green cards, and many have to return home because they can't get permanent residency; meanwhile, countries such as Iceland and Estonia never come close to reaching their visa limit caps.
Legislative outcome Roll call 437 in House on 7/10/2019 passed 365-65-2; referred to Committee in Senate 7/9/2019; no action as of 1/1/2020.
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