This week, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill on a vote of 29-22. It includes a number of important amendments addressing DACA-recipients, asylum-seekers, and employment-based immigrants, including a critical amendment offered by Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS).
The amendment, which was approved by the Committee on a voice vote, aims to reduce the green card backlog for highly-skilled immigrants and help individuals and families caught in decades-long backlogs based on where they were born, and which keep their lives in limbo. The bill on which the amendment is based, H.R. 392, has over 300 bipartisan co-sponsors and is the most popular bill in Congress.
The bill is an important proactive step toward protecting our legal immigration system and making life easier for tens of thousands of hardworking people, while boosting our economy and helping to create American jobs. This is particularly critical given the Trump Administration’s continued efforts to restrict even legal immigration pathways to the United States, making it more challenging and burdensome.
It’s important for Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to take action and address these lengthy backlogs and other crucial issues, including the urgent need to protect Dreamers and allow them to continue contributing in the only country most can remember.