Safe, Orderly, Legal Visas and Enforcement Act of 2004
H.R. 3918, the Comprehensive Immigration Fairness Reform Act, would create an amnesty for illegal aliens who have been physically present in the U.S. for five years and have never been convicted of a criminal offense. In addition to this general amnesty, H.R. 3918 included special amnesties for Haitians and Liberians. The bill would also increase the cap on lottery visas from 55,000 to 110,000 annually.
S. 2010, the Immigration Reform Act of 2004, would: reward illegal aliens with jobs and residency, thus serving as an incentive for future illegal immigration, increase the number of family visas available in order to reduce the backlog, thereby increasing legal immigration numbers and increasing chain migration, reward certain illegal aliens with green cards and a path to U.S. citizenship, and increase the number of foreign workers legally allowed to work in the U.S. annually as well as rewarded illegal aliens with jobs.
H.R. 3271, the Earned Legalization and Family Unification Act, would increase chain migration by increasing the annual cap on family-based legal immigrants by about 250,000. It would also grant amnesty to some 6.5 million illegal immigrants in the United States.
H.R. 1954, the Naturalization and Family Protection for Military Members Act, would increase chain migration by allowing the spouse, child, or parent of an alien who was granted posthumous citizenship based on military service to apply for permanent resident status.
H.R. 946, the Mass Immigration Reduction Act, called for deep reductions in all categories of immigration, including: ending chain migration categories such as parents of adult children and siblings of adults, reducing the category of skilled workers to 5,000 per year from its current ceiling of 120,060 per year, limiting refugee admissions and asylee adjustments to a total of 25,000 annually and require that refugees and asylees reside legally in the United States for five years before they could apply for adjustment to permanent resident status, and ending the visa lottery. H.R.
H.R. 775, the SAFE for America Act, would eliminate the visa lottery that each year gives 50,000 green cards to people without any regard to humanitarian need, family connections, or potential contribution to the U.S.
Immigration Reform Caucus
H.R. 5600, the Earned Legalization and Family Unification Act, would grant amnesty to some 6.5 million illegal immigrants in the United States. It would also increase chain migration by increasing the annual cap on family-based legal immigrants by about 250,000.