Federal Immigration Policy Overhaul Threatens Green Card Lottery Program
In 2014 more than 11 million people applied f or the annual U.S. Visa lottery. This is an increase of 11 percent from the previous year. Unfortunately for those that don’t win the lottery this time around, the entire program may be on the verge of ending. Less than half of 1 percent of applicants will receive the opportunity to become permanent residents through the popular Green Card Lottery program, which has provided green cards to lottery winners since 1990.
Regardless of these trivial numbers, this lottery still accounts for roughly 5 percent of all legal immigration in the United States. However, the Senate may be trying to pass an overhaul on immigration policy, arguing that the immigration lottery can be a security risk providing legal permanent residency to low-skilled uneducated immigrants, making it totally unfair to foreigners that have family and professional connections in the United States. The supporters of this reform claim that the current system is significantly beneficial for communities that have little to no connections to the United States. This sounds more like preferential and systematic racism than a security risk, yet the Senate is still making progress on this radical reform.
The professional and political opinion of everyone here at Buda Law Group is that the United States must continue its tradition of welcoming people from around the world to live and work in the United States. Instead of governmental overhauls on federal immigration policies we need to work to expand the existing lottery program, which has been critical for countless immigrants that would not otherwise have the opportunity to live in the United States.
If you have any questions, please contact the team here at Buda Law Group and get a free consultation regarding any of your immigration needs.
Thank You,John B. Buda, Esq. www.budalawgroup.net office: 310-452-1872 [email protected] 3301 Ocean Park Blvd. Suite 205 Santa Monica, CA 90405