Decades’ Worth of Unused Immigrant Visas
House lawmakers proposed utilizing the unused green cards
From the past three decades to make them available to immigrants stuck in the current backlogs.
Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) presented the measure as an amendment to fiscal 2023 appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security.
The Appropriations Committee voted 32-35 to adopt it.
The amendment would also make visas available to immigrants who were not allowed into the country due to the Trump administration’s travel bans.
There are 140,000 employment-based green cards and 226,000 green cards available each year for non-immediate family members.
Over 200,000 immigrant visas between the two categories went to waste last year due to USCIS handling pandemic related strains,
Immigration policy changes under the Trump administration, and a larger humanitarian workload.
House lawmakers advanced a proposal Friday that would salvage unused green cards from the past three decades and make them available to immigrants stuck in long backlogs.