Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz is leaving Congress soon and one of the Congressman’s important immigration bills is now being championed by another Republican – Kevin Yoder of Kansas. HR 319, The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017, would eliminate per country numerical limits for employment-based green card categories and increase the per country limits for family green card categories from 7% per country to 15%.
The bill is particularly important to Indian and Chinese nationals facing years-long additional waiting on their employment-based green cards simply because of the country of their birth. The legislation has been re-introduced for several Congresses in a row and now has 230 co-sponsors including 124 Democrats and 106 Republicans. That’s a majority of members of Congress, though it doesn’t meet the threshold of 124 Republicans that is the informal test for the House Speaker to proceed with legislation (a majority of the majority – known as the Hastert rule).
But the list of Republicans is impressive and 18 more members to get a majority of the caucus does not seem to be impossible. You can see the list of sponsors here. If you care about this subject and your member of Congress is not listed, reach out and ask them to consider joining the 230 others in the House who have done so.