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IEEE-USA Supports the RELIEF Act to Clear Immigration Backlog


WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced legislation that addresses one of the most serious problems in our immigration system: the lack of sufficient visas available for high-skill immigrants.

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The Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families (RELIEF) Act would eliminate the employment-based green card backlog by increasing the number of available green cards. Close to four million future Americans are on the State Department's immigrant visa waiting list, in addition to hundreds of thousands of high-skilled immigrants already in the U.S. who are also waiting for green cards ? in some cases, for a decade or more. IEEE-USA strongly supports this legislation.

The RELIEF Act would:

Sen. Durbin's proposal is a win-win. Because the immigrants impacted by this policy already have jobs here, no American jobs would be affected. And since immigrants with advanced engineering degrees are among the most entrepreneurial in the world, the RELIEF Act will actually create jobs by allowing immigrants to start new companies and then hire more workers ? something they can't do until they have a green card.

"Skilled immigrants to this country face such a long wait to get a green card that we risk some of these individuals giving up and taking their talent to other countries," said Thomas Coughlin, president of IEEE-USA. "The RELIEF Act is a plan that helps everyone ? skilled immigrants, and the American public most of all."

About IEEE-USA:
IEEE-USA serves the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of nearly 180,000 engineering, computing and technology professionals across the United States.

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SOURCE IEEE-USA


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