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Legislation Aims to Reduce Immigration Backlog

World Journal, Posted: Jun 26, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. A new bill could encapture the unused immigration visa quotas from 1992 to 2007 to reduce the current backlog, reports the World Journal. H.R. 5882, sponsored by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., would neither increases the immigration quota, nor legalizes illegal immigrants. How well the bill does in Congress will demonstrate whether some legislators oppose illegal immigration, as they have said, or whether they oppose all immigration. If passed, the bill is expected to reduce the wait for immigrants seeking visas. Some 1.5 million of the four million immigration applications in the backlog are from Asian applicants, according to Karen Narasaki, president and executive director of Asian American Justice Center. Narasaki spoke on Access Washington, an immigration-related teleconference for ethnic media sponsored by New America Media.


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