Senate Bill 386 / HR 1044

Immigrants' List Endorses Senate Bill 2603, the RELIEF Act

The board members of Immigrants’ List voted unanimously to support SB 2603, the Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families (RELIEF) Act, hours after it was introduced by Senator Durbin on October 16.

The Immigrants’ List board will fight for this bill because the RELIEF Act:

  • Takes parts of HR 1044 in removing the country caps for green cards and extending the “hold harmless clause”;
  • Ends the counting of “derivatives” against caps for preference immigrants, a practical solution for which Immigrants’ List has long advocated;
  • Classifies both children and spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents as immediate relatives; and generally,
  • Elegantly addresses the backlogs for employment and family-based green cards.

And the Senate still should NOT pass S 386 without a Hearing!

Other IL-Endorsed Bills Washington Post article Read Ira Kurzban's OpEd

Let’s FIX S386 by:

  • Ending the State Department’s policy of counting “derivatives” against the worldwide caps for preference immigrants - ease the backlogs across all employment and family preference categories by clarifying that the spouses and children of preference immigrants do not “use up” visa numbers.
  • Allowing for early filing of residency applications (adjustment of status) to keep highly qualified skilled workers remaining in the US to provide their services.
  • Allowing non-immigrant spouses and children in H, L and E category to be employment authorized.

But first, we need to make sure the Senate holds a hearing on this bill!
Call your Senators today and urge them not to let it pass without a FULL hearing!

Senate Leadership

Sen. Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader
DC: 202-224-2541
Louisville, KY: 502-582-6304

Sen. Chuck Schumer, Democratic Leader
DC: 202-224-6542
New York City: 212-486-4430

Sen. Lindsey Graham, Chairman
DC: 202-224-5972
Columbia, SC: 803-933-0112

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Ranking Member
DC: 202-224-3841
San Francisco, CA: 415-393-0707

Democrats in Subcommittee on
Border Security and Immigration

Sen. Dick Durbin, Ranking Member 
DC: 202-224-2152
Chicago: 312-353-4952

Sen. Cory Booker
DC: 202-224-3224
Camden, NJ: 856-338-8922

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
DC: 202-224-3244
Minneapolis, MN: 612-727-5220

Sen. Mazie Hirono
DC: 202-224-6361
Honolulu, HI: 808-522-8970

Sen. Patrick Leahy
DC: 202-224-4242
Burlington, VT: 802-863-2525

Sen. Chris Coons
DC: 202-224-5042
Wilmington, DE: 302-573-6345

Sen. Richard Blumenthal
DC: 202-224-2823
Hartford, CT: 860-258-6940

Republicans in Subcommittee
on Border Security and Immigration

Sen. John Cornyn, Chairman
DC: 202-224-2934
South Texas: 956-423-0162

Sen. John Kennedy
DC: 202-224-4623
New Orleans, LA: 504-581-6190

Sen. Michael Lee
DC: 202-224-5444
Salt Lake City, UT: 801-524-5933

Sen. Chuck Grassley
DC: 202-224-3744
Des Moines, IA: 515-288-1145

Sen. Joni Ernst
DC: 202-224-3254
Des Moines, IA: 515-284-4574

Sen. Joshua Hawley
DC: 202-224-6154
St. Louis, MO: 314-354-7060

Sen. Ted Cruz 
DC: 202-224-5922
South Texas: 956-686-7339

Sen. Thom Tillis
DC: 202-224-6342
Charlotte, NC: 704-509-9087

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