Washington D.C. – This week, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the Equal Access to Green Cards for Legal Employment (EAGLE) Act of 2022. The EAGLE Act would eliminate a per-country cap on employment-based green cards—a policy that disproportionately affects Indian immigrants. If passed, this legislation would phase out the per-country caps over the course of 9 years to ensure that eligible immigrants from less populated countries are not excluded as the EAGLE Act is implemented.
Neil Makhija, Indian American Impact Executive Director, shared the following statement:
“We at Indian American Impact express our committed support for the EAGLE Act. This legislation would be life-changing for hundreds of thousands of immigrants currently stuck in legal limbo as they wait for green cards. The per-country cap on green cards is a relic of a discriminatory system that excluded Asian immigrants entirely in the past. The caps were enacted decades ago and do not reflect our country’s values. It is time for Congress to act and provide fair and equitable treatment to so many immigrants who call this country home.”