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Three things to know about the proposal to reduce immigration

Immigration is an area of the law that changes frequently. Those who are impacted by changes in immigration are wise to keep up to date on various proposals currently under consideration.

It is particularly important in today's political climate, in which various proposals of significant impact are frequently introduced.

One such proposal was recently unveiled in Congress that could impact legal immigration to the U.S.

What is this new immigration proposal? Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas introduced a law intended to "get our immigration levels back to historical norms, something of a pause to allow the economy to catch up with the immigrants that we have allowed into our country over the last two generations."

Ultimately, the proposal aims to accomplish this goal with these three steps:

  • Reduce the use of certain green cards. One of the first things this proposal would accomplish is to put a limitation on the number of green cards that are given to individuals attempting to reunite with families in the United States.
  • Cut back on admittance of refugees. The proposal also aims to reduce the number of refugees admitted to the country. More specifically, it aims to cut this number in half.
  • Remove the diversity visa lottery. The diversity visa lottery provides 50,000 immigrant visas annually to those who are leaving a country that is viewed to have low rates of immigration to the U.S. The countries that qualify for this designation are listed by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs. The list is extensive, but currently includes countries like Morocco, Cambodia, Japan, Denmark, Italy, Australia and Honduras.

These are just three of the steps outlined in this proposal. It is also important to note the proposal is in the early stages and will likely face revisions.

Will the proposal pass? It is too early to tell with any certainty whether this proposal will become law. However, it is likely that this proposal will soon be joined with an additional companion bill in the near future.

What can those who are impacted by immigration law issues do during this uncertain time? The law is in flux right now. As a result, it is important for those who are facing immigration issues to seek legal counsel to help better ensure their interests are protected.

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