October 31, 2005


Budget bill would boost green cards (Stephen Dinan, October 31, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

The Senate's budget package includes provisions that would make available hundreds of thousands of green cards for new permanent legal immigrants, in what is shaping up as the next congressional fight over immigration.

The bill's measures would "recapture" 90,000 unused employment-based immigration visas and would exempt family members from counting toward the cap, which is set at 140,000 per year.

Based on past trends, exempting family members would mean an additional 150,000 permanent legal immigrants annually. About 1 million people become legal immigrants each year.

The change is part of the deficit-reducing budget reconciliation bill, which is on the Senate floor today and includes billions of dollars in cuts in Medicaid and other social spending and allows for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

An economy that depends on illegal immigrants doesn't make much sense, so finding ways to legalize them does.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 31, 2005 6:33 AM
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