Reps. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Steve King (R-Iowa) and Kenny Marchant (R-Texas) have added their names to the growing list of co-sponsors for Rep. Phil Gingrey's Nuclear Family Priority Act (H.R.692) that would end chain migration. H.R.692 would eliminate all family-preference visa classes, except for spouses and minor children, and create a renewable visa class for parents.
Eliminating Chain Migration was a recommendation of the bi-partisan Barbara Jordan Commission issued in 1995.
Rep. Gingrey's bill would eliminate the extended family visa categories (e.g., siblings and married sons and daughters of citizens, etc.), thus ending “chain migration". 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.
In a change from previous versions, the 2011 legislation would also eliminate the parents category and instead create a renewable 5-year visa class for the parents of U.S. citizens. The number of parents who came to the United States in 2009 was 82,000. However, the parents would not be eligible to work in the United States and a U.S. citizen son or daughter would have to provide satisfactory proof that they can financially support their immigrant parents, including proof of health care coverage while the parents are residing in the United States.
Furthermore, H.R.692 would reduce the annual number of family-sponsored immigrant visas available by 111,800.
Rep. Jones represents North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District. He is serving his 9th term in Congress and has earned a career A grade.
Rep. King represents Iowa's 5th Congressional District. He is serving his 5th term in Congress and has earned a career A+ grade.
Rep. Marchant represents Texas' 24th Congressional District. He is serving his 4th term in Congress and has earned a career B+ grade.
For a full list of co-sponsors for the Chain Migration bill, click here.