As Vice President Kamala Harris (D) continues to get bashed for ignoring the border crisis, Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) has taken it upon himself to reintroduce the Break the Chain Act, a bill to limit family-based immigration visas to spouses and minor children of US Citizens and legal permanent residents.
The legislation would rescind the F1, F2(B), F3, and F4 family-sponsored visa preference categories and the parent category, leaving only spouses and minor children eligible for immediate relative status under F2(A). Applicants applying under the F2(A) category will be processed based on the age at which their application for a green card was filed.
The bill also creates a renewable, 5-year term, nonimmigrant visa for parents of citizens that does not include work authorization.
The bill is in response to the growing danger often brought to minors who try to enter the US illegally, as U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped over 178,000 illegal aliens, many of them being minors in last April alone.
“While the Biden Administration recklessly opens up our southern border and overwhelms CBP, Congress must work towards common sense immigration reforms that will end irresponsible policies, like chain migration,” Rep. Steube said “Not only will this legislation create a level playing field for legal immigrants applying for citizenship, but it will also help the federal government control the number of people we have entering our country each year.”
Rep. Steube has a long record of immigration policy, dating back to 2017 when he sponsored a bill to make illegal immigration a third-degree felony under SB 1358 when he was a Florida state senator.