Lawful Permanent Residents torn from their families for years is
not a new problem.
Then Chairman Bruce Morrison authored language to solve the problem
in 1990 and got the House to approve it. The solution is
simple — eliminate the numerical limit on the immigrant
visas available to spouses and children of permanent residents.
This is known as immediate relative reclassification.
We believe that immediate relative reclassification is the best
and permanent solution to the problem.
who are immediate relatives?
Under current law, spouses, minor children, and parents of
U.S. citizens are immediate relatives. There are no numerical limits
on immigrant visas available to immediate relatives. Immediate
relative reclassification extends the same privilege to spouses
and minor children of lawful permanent residents.
has this been proposed before?
Yes! As mentioned above, the House approved a measure
containing this language in 1990. Unfortunately, the
language was dropped in conference because the Senate
Chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee did not agree
to it. It was proposed as an amendment (S. 1919) to
the Senate version of Comprehensive Immigration Reform
in 2006. Unfortunately, it did not make it into the
final Senate version. Senator Clinton proposed it
as an amendment to the Senate Comprehensive Immigration
Reform package in 2007. Unfortunately, that amendment
was defeated through a procedural vote.
why will it work now?
Various lawmakers and their staff that we have spoken to in the
last few months have indicated that they are in favor of a permanent
solution to this problem. Immediate relative reclassification
is the best permanent solution. Other
are temporary solutions at best.
how do we get immediate relative reclassifcation enacted?
A lot of voices.
Fortunately, the cause is based on something that has little controversy
— family unity for legal immigrants — but changing any
legislation is not a small matter, or a one person job. We
need help from you.
Visit the Take Action page to learn how you can help.