WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today after Reps. Zoe Lofgren (CA), Norma Torres (CA), Grace Meng (NY), Lou Correa (CA), Adriano Espaillat (NY), and Jesus “Chuy” García (IL) reintroduced the “Renewing Immigration Provisions of the Immigration Act of 1929”:
“FWD.us strongly endorsed the “Renewing Immigration Provisions of the Immigration Act of 1929” legislation when it was first introduced last July and we strongly endorse its reintroduction now. We commend Representatives Lofgren, Torres, Meng, Correa, Espaillat, and García for their commitment to this critical legislation that would restore access to a long-standing pathway to permanent status, known as immigration registry, for nearly 8 million individuals.
“While the registry process has been around for nearly 100 years, Congress has failed to update the eligibility requirements for decades, prohibiting millions of immigrants from accessing this lawful pathway. “Renewing Immigration Provisions of the Immigration Act of 1929” would replace the 1972 cutoff date with a rolling eligibility, allowing individuals to apply for registry after living continuously in the United States for at least seven years.
“Updating registry would keep American families together and help address workforce challenges by unlocking access to lawful pathways for millions of individuals, including Dreamers, TPS holders, and backlogged green card applicants. Long-standing presence and deep ties in the United States, particularly to family and community, should favor access to permanent status and citizenship. Congress should pass this legislation without further delay; modernizing the outdated registry process would have immense benefits for all Americans, and is urgently needed.”