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END CHAIN MIGRATION

Rep. Phil Gingrey

Rep. Phil Gingrey

Chain Migration refers to the endless and often-snowballing chains of foreign nationals who are allowed to immigrate because the law allows citizens and lawful permanent residents to bring in their extended, non-nuclear family members. It is the primary mechanism that has caused legal immigration in this country to quadruple from about 250,000 per year in the 1950s and 1960s to more than one million a year since 1990.

The Nuclear Priority Act (H.R.692), introduced by Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) on February 14, 2011 would end chain migration as recommended by the bi-partisan Barbara Jordan Commission in 1995.

Rep. Gingrey's bill would:

  • eliminate the extended family visa categories (e.g., siblings, married sons and daughters of citizens, etc.);
  • in a change from previous versions, eliminate the parents category and instead create a renewable 5-year visa class for parents of U.S. citizens;
  • require U.S. sons and daughters to provide satisfactory proof that they can financially support their immigrant parents and include proof of health care coverage for the parents while they are residing in the United States;
  • would reduce the annual number of family-sponsored immigrant visas by 111,800.

Another key element to Rep. Gingrey's 2011 bill is that immigrant parents residing in the United States through the renewable 5-year visa would not be eligible to work in the United States.

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Chain Migration Under Current U.S. Law

Stats - Thursday, May 8, 2008

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NumbersUSA Education and Research Foundation February 14, 2007

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Publications

Chain Migration Chart

Fact Sheets - Monday, July 6, 2009

Chart depicting Chain Migration under current United States law. (2009)

By Rosemary Jenks

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Roy Beck Congressional Testimony to Senate Judiciary Committee -- June 3, 2009

Congressional Testimony - Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Roy Beck testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 3, 2009 regarding S.424, which would provide green cards to domestic partners.

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Chain Migration Under Current US Law (diagram)

Fact Sheets - Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Two Sides of the Same Coin: The Connection Between Legal and Illegal Immigration

Articles - Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Are massive legal immigration and massive illegal immigration related? If so, how? Many in policy circles hold a view of "Legal immigration, good; illegal immigration, bad." The logical extensions of such a simplistic perspective are to assume that the overall level of legal immigration does not matter and to underestimate any correlation to illegal immigration. But the facts show a distinct connection exists... Many aliens who receive a permanent resident visa each year have spent years living in the United States illegally... "Anchor babies" and "chain migration" provide opportunities for many aliens to plant roots in the United States. Those aliens might not otherwise have done so.

by James R. Edwards, Jr., February, 2006

http://www.cis.org/articles/2006/back106.html

Jordan Commission -- Executive Summary on Legal Immigration

Congressional Testimony - Friday, September 1, 1995

U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, 1995

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In the News

Gay partner verbiage could kill reform

In the News - Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Advocates for gays and immigrants are clashing over a proposed immigration bill that would let gay and lesbian Americans sponsor their immigrant “permanent partners” for legal U.S. residency.

The chasm inside the immigrant rights community has led the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops — a major partner in the drive for expanded immigrant rights — to withdraw its support from a House bill to be filed Thursday that would speed up reunification of immigrants with their families.

By Gebe Martinez -- Politico.com

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/23262.html

Bill Proposes Immigration Rights for Gay Couples

In the News - Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Senator Patrick J. Leahy, the Democrat from Vermont who is the powerful chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is adding another controversial ingredient to the volatile mix of an immigration debate that President Obama has said he hopes to spur in Congress before the end of the year.

Mr. Leahy has offered a bill that would allow American citizens and legal immigrants to seek residency in the United States for their same-sex partners, just as spouses now petition for foreign-born husbands and wives.

By Julia Preston -- New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/03/us/politics/03immig.html?_r=1

Personal pain from the front lines of immigration reform battle

In the News - Wednesday, May 13, 2009

"Margaret Heintz sputtered in frustration.

"There's nothing we can do," the Marshalltown, Iowa, woman said to her daughter, Mona Kilborn, when they talked about their shared point of aggravation -- illegal immigrants.

"Mom, you can do something," Kilborn said. "You can write your congressman. I'll even get you the address."

So in September 2007, the 90-year-old Heintz put pen to paper for her first letter to a politician. Two weeks later, she died at the hands of an illegal immigrant.

"Ironic, isn't it?" Kilborn said. "This one issue, it's changed our lives forever....""

Bekah Porter, (Dubuque, IA) Telegraph Herald, 13 May 2009

http://www.thonline.com/article.cfm?id=243128

Obama Discusses Immigration with Central American Presidents

In the News - Sunday, April 19, 2009

"U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday displayed great receptivity to the proposals of his Central American counterparts on the question of immigration reform, several of the leaders said after their meeting....

“There was commitment to support comprehensive immigration reform. Details were not discussed, but supporting the process was. The atmosphere was very good, cordial, sincere,” Colom said.

He and his colleagues from El Salvador, Tony Saca, and Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, emphasized that Obama had been especially receptive to one of the major concerns of Central American countries: the matter of deportations.

Latin American Herald Tribune (Caracas, Venezuela), 19 April 2009

"U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday displayed great receptivity to the proposals of his Central American counterparts on the question of immigration reform, several of the leaders said after their meeting....

“There was commitment to support comprehensive immigration reform. Details were not discussed, but supporting the process was. The atmosphere was very good, cordial, sincere,” Colom said.

He and his colleagues from El Salvador, Tony Saca, and Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, emphasized that Obama had been especially receptive to one of the major concerns of Central American countries: the matter of deportations.

On the immigration issue, which completely dominated the meeting, the leaders also discussed matters like the possibilities for ensuring family reunification, quotas for agricultural jobs and the fight against drug trafficking, all within a friendly atmosphere amid which the leaders agreed in general terms on almost everything they talked about."

Latin American Herald Tribune (Caracas, Venezuela), 19 April 2009

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Schwarzenegger says illegal immigrants aren't to blame for fiscal crisis

In the News - Thursday, April 16, 2009

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday that the claim by some conservative activists that illegal immigration is to blame for all of the state's fiscal problems is ignorant and bigoted.

The governor made his comments during a public forum at The Times building in downtown Los Angeles, where he expressed frustration with anti-tax organizations and others seeking to derail a package of ballot measures that will come before voters in a May 19 special election. Schwarzenegger and lawmakers placed the measures on the ballot as part of the budget agreement they reached in February.

By Evan Halper -- Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-governor16-2009apr16,0,2484639.story

Legislative Analysis

Fact Sheet on "Visa Recapture"

Legislative Analysis - Friday, September 5, 2008

Fact sheet on the legislative ploy to "recapture" unused visas.

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Congressional Testimony

Roy Beck Congressional Testimony to Senate Judiciary Committee -- June 3, 2009

Congressional Testimony - Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Roy Beck testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 3, 2009 regarding S.424, which would provide green cards to domestic partners.

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Jordan Commission -- Executive Summary on Legal Immigration

Congressional Testimony - Friday, September 1, 1995

U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, 1995

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