H.R.3297 (Haitian Emergency Life Protection Act of 2011)
- would extend the “V” visa category for the unmarried children and spouses of Haitian nationals living in the United States. This legislation would afford them work authorization and a path to legalization. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) is the bill’s main sponsor.
H.R.3119 (Protecting American Families and Businesses Act of 2011)
- While most of this bill concerns altering the per country preference cap without changing the overall immigration numbers, the second half of this legislation would initiate a scheme to increase employment and family based visas. Specifically, it would “recapture unused employment-based visas” between fiscal years 1992 and 2011 by establishing a formula for calculating the number of “unused visas” and adding them to the yearly cap (However, visas not allocated in a certain category in any given year are made available for other categories, so there really is no such thing as an "unused" visa) and set a 226,000 a year minimum for family-sponsored immigrants. The result of this legislation is a backdoor immigration increase amounting to thousands of visas a year. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) is the bill’s main sponsor.
H.R.692 (Nuclear Family Priority Act) - would eliminate the extended family visa categories (e.g., siblings and married sons and daughters of citizens, etc.), thus ending “chain migration” as recommended by the bi-partisan Barbara Jordan Commission in 1995. Chain migration is the process where seemingly endless “chains” of foreign nationals are allowed to immigrate to the United States, since our laws allow citizens and lawful permanent residents to bring in their non-nuclear, adult family members. It is the primary mechanism that has caused legal immigration in this country to quadruple since the 1960s. H.R.692 would reduce the annual number of family-sponsored immigrant visas available by 111,800. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) is the bill’s main sponsor.
S.1258 (Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011)
- Despite a weak attempt at border security and interior enforcement, the underlying effect of this legislation is an amnesty and overall legal immigration increase on a massive scale. Among numerous provisions, this bill would: preempt all state and local immigration or employment verification laws; provide green cards for refugees and asylum seekers; make green cards immediately available to foreign students with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, or math from a U.S. institution who have offers of employment in the United States; create a new guest worker program for unskilled workers; attempt to “recapture” unused visas (However, visas not allocated in a certain category in any given year are made available for other categories, so there really is no such thing as an "unused" visa); classifies spouses and children of LPRs as immediate relatives; includes the DREAM Act, AgJOBS, and Liberian amnesty schemes; makes the R-1 Religious Worker Visa Program permanent; and makes the Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Program permanent. Finally, this legislation would grant a large and unlimited amnesty for illegal aliens after meeting minimal criteria such as paying taxes, background check, and basic citizenship skills. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) is the bill’s main sponsor.