Salazar Drafts Legal Immigration Reform Plan

Salazar Drafts Legal Immigration Reform Plan

“This policy will help Miami and the United States maximize our entrepreneurial spirit and continue leading in job creation, innovation, research, and economic growth.”

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
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December 16, 2022

Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R) is pressing forward with her legal immigration reform plan. After introducing the Dignity Act earlier this year, Rep.  Salazar has now introduced a “discussion draft” to coincide with the legislation.

At the beginning of the year, Rep. Salazar launched an effort that would be “a complete immigration reform bill consisting of 3 core principles: stopping illegal immigration, providing a dignified solution for immigrants living in America, and strengthening the American workforce and economy.”

The legislation was met with criticism from conservatives, but officials did endorse the bill. For example, Neil Bradley, the Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Office of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Ali Noorani, the President & CEO of the National Immigration Forum both praised Elvira Salazar for introducing the legislation.

In a press release from the Florida Republican regarding the draft, Salazar laments that there has been "decades of inaction" when it comes to addressing illegal immigration and that "an overhaul is long overdue."

"a dysfunctional legal immigration system incentivizes illegal immigration, slows economic growth, and harms the American workforce," the press release reads, noting that Salazar's "proposal puts families first, reduces backlogs, improves employment-based visa opportunities, and modernizes student visa processing."

Speaking on the “discussion draft,” Salazar said that “this policy will help Miami and the United States maximize our entrepreneurial spirit and continue leading in job creation, innovation, research, and economic growth.”

The following provisions are outlined in the proposal:

·      Country caps – raise from 7% to 15%.
·      Cuts backlogs at 10 years for all numerically capped visa categories.
·      Includes language to prevent minors aging out.
Family Immigration:
·      Removes limits on immediate family of LPRs in the F2A category.
·      The American Families United Act.
·      The Temporary Family Visitation Act.
Improving Employment Based Opportunities:
·      The H-4 Work Authorization Act.
·      Excludes derivatives from EB visa totals.
·      Exempts STEM PHD holders from H-1B visa caps.
Modernizing Student Visas:
·      Requires OPT users pay FICA taxes.
·      Allows F student vias to be dual intent.
·      Modernizes burden of proof that students must currently show to study in the U.S.

A copy of the proposal can be read here.

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina is an award-winning senior reporter based in Miami. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida International University. His hobbies include reading, writing, and watching films.

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