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Congressman Kevin Yoder

Representing the 3rd District of Kansas

VIDEO: Yoder Pushes Reforms to Legal Immigration System

Jul 28, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – This week, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives about the need to reform our legal immigration system through passage of his Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. The bill would remove the per-nation caps on employment-based green cards that have caused massive backlogs in the system and create a merit-based approach where all equally-qualified, highly-skilled employees will receive green cards in the order they apply and based solely on the skills they are bringing to America.

To watch a video of Yoder's remarks, click here.

The following are Yoder’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

“Mr. Speaker, more than 700,000 high-skilled immigrant workers from India are in the United States today on temporary work visas.

“These people are working hard every day, helping grow our economy, and raising their children as Americans right here in our communities.

“But under our legal immigration system, they are essentially here as indentured servants, stuck on a cycle of temporary work visas, unable to change jobs or even start their own small businesses to create more American jobs.

“They’re stuck because of the arbitrary 7 percent per-nation cap on employment-based green cards.

“Right now, there is a mother in Greenland whose unborn child will be able to obtain permanent residence in America before someone from India who has already been working here for years.

“That’s absurd, and wrong.

“My bill, called the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, would fix this problem.

“It would transition us to a first-come, first-serve merit based legal immigration system.

“It would help these people in need, and help create new jobs.

“Mr. Speaker, with more than 230 cosponsors, it’s time to pass this bill and get this done.”

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