Asian American lawmakers in Congress are vowing to press for changes in the immigration bill introduced by the Gang of Eight in the Senate, reports The Hill.
Rep Mike Honda (D-San Jose) along with other members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus met with aides of Senator Charles Schumer, a member of the bipartisan Gang of Eight.
“Sen. Schumer understands that this is an issue, but their comments are like — the Gang of Eight made an agreement, that there had to be consensus,” Honda told the Gang of Eight. “I still think there is … room for a change, and I think the amendment process is going to kick in.”
The bill eliminates 65,000 family visas for siblings and restricts visas for married children to only those children under age 31. Instead, the bill would nearly double the number of skilled based visas from 125,000 to as many as 250,000==depending on demand and the unemployment rate.
“It’s not the first time they’ve heard our concerns,” Rep Grace Meng (D-New York) said. “But they also reiterated … how difficult it is that all eight members of the Gang of Eight agree on every provision.”