By David Edwards
Thursday, May 5th, 2011
Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) wants to do something about the nearly 6 million people that have been separated from their spouses, minor children, sisters or brothers for years because of an immigration backlog.
The congressman announced Thursday that he was introducing the Reuniting Families Act (H.R. 2709) to reform the family-based immigration system that has not been updated in 20 years.
The legislation aims to fix the broken family immigration system by reducing the wait times for legal immigrants and eliminating discrimination against same sex, permanent partners.
“Many family members who apply for visas are not granted admission for decades, undermining their economic contributions to our country and encouraging some frustrated relatives to resort to illegal migration,” Honda said Thursday.
“This bill would take important steps to towards fixing our broken family immigration system by reducing the waiting times for legal immigrants through recapturing family work visas that have gone unused. RFA would reclassify spouses and children of legal permanent residents as immediate relatives,” he explained.