WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement today after Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and John Hickenlooper (D-CO) introduced the bipartisan EAGLE Act in the Senate:
“We commend Senators Cramer and Hickenlooper for working across the aisle to introduce the bipartisan EAGLE Act, which would provide hundreds of thousands of people the rights they deserve and boost our economy by helping reduce green card backlogs. FWD.us has long supported reforming per-country caps, and we are excited to see this commonsense legislation move forward in the Senate after it was introduced in the House by Representative Zoe Lofgren last year.
“As we have said time and time again, eliminating country-specific limits and reducing the green card backlog are critical actions to restoring a fair, efficient, and humane immigration system. Millions of people are stuck in these backlogs, waiting decades longer than others to receive green cards for which they’ve already been approved, all because of their country of origin. This broken system keeps families separated and undermines the United States’ economic competitiveness.
“Both chambers have passed multiple different versions of this legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support in recent years, but have not yet carried it through to signing it into law.
“The Senate should pass the EAGLE Act immediately to help grow our economy and enable thousands of people to stay together with their families.”
For more information on per-country cap reform and the EAGLE Act, read our explainer here.