Refugees currently undergo the most rigorous security screening process of anyone who comes to the United States.
AILA Doc No. 13021521 | Dated February 13, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
202-507-7649 - 202-507-7611
WASHINGTON, DC - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) applauds the re-introduction of the Reuniting Families Act ("RFA") by Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA). This important measure is aimed at promoting family unity in the immigration system.
"The principle of family unification is a fundamental characteristic of our immigration system," said AILA President Laura Lichter. She continued, "AILA urges the President and Congress to enact an immigration reform bill that addresses the multitude of our nation's immigration needs. Congressman Honda's bill, the Reuniting Families Act, provides crucial improvements to our family-based immigration system and should be made a part of the overall reform effort."
"The Reuniting Families Act comes at the right time as a counter weight to the proposals some lawmakers have made to cut family visa categories. These cuts rest on the faulty assumption that America can only absorb a fixed number of immigrants at a given time. In fact our nation's needs are constantly changing-sometimes expanding and other times contracting. Our immigration system must be capable of meeting the needs of American businesses, families, and the economy," said Ms. Lichter.
"Exceptionally long waits for visas keep families apart for years or even decades. Immigration reform should improve the legal immigration system by enacting policies that eliminate the backlogs." said Ms. Lichter. A U.S. citizen typically has to wait about seven years to bring an adult child; and almost 20 years for those coming from Mexico.
"More than 20 years have passed since Congress made any substantive reforms to our family-based immigration system. To keep families together and to ensure our nation is strong, additional green cards should be added to family categories. The solutions in the RFA show us the way," concluded Ms. Lichter.
Specifically, the RFA does the following:
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Cite as AILA Doc. No. 13021521.