September 16, 2008
Legislative Update - House Judiciary Committee Marking Up Four
The House Judiciary Committee is currently marking up H.R. 5882--a
bipartisan bill which will allow the recapturing of immigrant visa
numbers that have gone unused in past years due to bureaucratic delays.
Contrary to popular belief, the bill does not create new visas or
increase immigration. H.R. 5882, which is co-sponsored by Rep. Zoe
Lofgren (D-CA) and James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), would allow the
government to issue visas for family and employment-based applicants,
which were previously authorized by Congress. More specifically, H.R.
- Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to establish the
fiscal year worldwide level of employment-based immigrants at
140,000 plus: (1) the previous year's unused visas; and (2) the
number of unused visas from FY2002-FY2007.
- Establishes the fiscal year worldwide level of family-sponsored
immigrants at 480,000 minus the number of certain aliens not subject
to direct numerical limitations plus: (1) the previous year's unused
visas; and (2) the number of unused visas from FY2002-FY2007.
(States that such annual level shall not be less than 226,000.)
The Immigration Policy Center has issued a Fact Sheet that provides
additional information on this bill:
The House Judiciary Committee is also marking up the following
- H.R. 6020: To provide immigration benefits for immigrant
soldiers and their families, co-sponsored by Rep. Zoe Lofgren,
(D-CA) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX).
- H.R. 5924: To provide 20,000 employment-based visas per year for
three years specifically for nurses and is co-sponsored by Rep.
Robert Wexler, (D-FL) and Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., (R-WI).
- HR 5950: To ensure basic medical care for immigration detainees
and is co-sponsored by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, (D-CA) and Rep. Lincoln
GT will provide further updates on this pending legislation and any
other legislative updates as they become available.