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An unfortunate, but sadly, expected outcome.
While there’s a lot of outrage over how things have transpired, I intend for this 🧵 to be an informative exercise more than anything else- you may look at it as a rant as well:
1. This screenshot of the ‘Dec ‘22 Visa Bulletin’ issued by the @StateDept illustrates the US green-card "priority dates" for people who have an APPROVED immigrant (permanent residency) petition in the employment-based
(EB) categories as of Dec 2022. Image
2. A “priority date” is the date on which an applicant's green card petition is/was approved.
Post-approval, an applicant must wait to apply to get a green card until one becomes available. There are limits on the number of GCs available per year in each category, including EB.
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@BaniasLaw Thread for FOIA #gcbacklog #discrimination 1/ Here's what to ask: 1. No. of "qualified immigrants" under 8 USC 1153(b) were pending for India, China, R0W in EB1, EB2, EB3, EB4 & EB5 on October 1, 2021, January 1, 2022, April 1, 2022 & July 1, 2022, October 1, 2022.
@BaniasLaw 2/ 2. No. of I-485 applications pending for India, China, R0W in EB1, EB2, EB3, EB4 & EB5 on October 1, 2021, January 1, 2022, April 1, 2022 & July 1, 2022, October 1, 2022 before @USCIS & @travelgov.
@BaniasLaw @USCIS @TravelGov 3/ 3. No. of I-140 applications pending for India, China, R0W in EB1, EB2, EB3, EB4 & EB5 on October 1, 2021, January 1, 2022, April 1, 2022 & July 1, 2022, October 1, 2022 before @USCIS & @travelgov.
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Thread on illegal reservation of visas by @USCIS in 2022 for ROW leading to retrogression for India EB2 & stagnation EB3 India cutoff dates. #greencardbacklog #discrimination #racism #lawlessagency @David_J_Bier @BradBanias @gsiskind @ckuck @cyrusmehta @immlawACHall @blesjm1
By holding up & refusing to process ~77K EB2/3 AOS from India born applicants & seeking other applicants instead, @USCIS violated INA 202(a)(1), 202(a)(3), 202(a)(5), 203(e) & 203(g).
I would be happy to be proven wrong. Let @USCIS show they did not already have majority of the pending 77K EB2/3 India inventory in Q1 FY2022. They processed majority of AOS in order of priority date(PD), i.e., processed EB2/3 India pending from Oct 2020 BEFORE RoW EB2 PD 2021/22
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@baskerm @discriminated09 @swayamsevak39 @HouseDemocrats @TheDemocrats 116th Congress
HR1044 was passed with most bipartisan support.
S386 also passed Senator unanimously
However it was not sent to then POTUS by @RepZoeLofgren who had promised to work "swiftly" to address differences with senate , but almost abandoned +
@baskerm @discriminated09 @swayamsevak39 @HouseDemocrats @TheDemocrats @RepZoeLofgren the bill since then.

There was provision to reintroduce bills in 117th which had passed in 116th but dint become law yet & dint have to go through judiciary committee. However, HR1044 which was reintroduced as HR3648 was sent directly Judiciary to committee. +
@baskerm @discriminated09 @swayamsevak39 @HouseDemocrats @TheDemocrats @RepZoeLofgren Partisan Immigration bills like Dream & Promise Act / Farm Workers were introduced and passed in the House but HR3648 was never put to vote in this whole year. And #GCbacklog is still waiting for the "swiftly" action from @RepZoeLofgren . TY!
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After 4 years of constant struggle, last week, my wife and I became US permanent residents. The #immigration process emotionally exhausted us. We both came to the US 9 years back, are @MIT graduates and economically privileged. Still, the process made us feel small and desperate.
Overall, the lawyer fees and applications costed us ~$15,000. The documents submitted to USCIS amounted to more than 1,000 pages. My total exchanges with attorneys over the 4 years amount to more than 103,000 words (yes, it is a 6-figure number, I checked it).
I personally spent probably ~400 hours to complete the paperwork over the years. Spread over 4 years, this may not sound like a lot, but this does not include the time spent worrying about the results, worrying about changes to USCIS rules, checking case updates.
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The recent attention in the media to the pressing issue of #DocumentedDreamers gives us an opportunity to take a bigger view of immigration issues. The issue of kids aging-out is an unintended though not unforeseeable consequence of massive #GCBacklogs.🧵 👇 1/9
Fundamentally, this is a demand-supply and allocation issue. The number of #GC annually given out has not changed meaningfully since 1990. Meanwhile the US economy and labor market today are completely different from back then. 2/9
On top of this supply issue of #GC is the fact that their allocation is not equitable. How long you wait in line, usually boils down to the country you were born in. Not on skills, education, work experience, duration of stay in the US or contribution to the economy. 3/9
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#USCISMadeMeQuit my professional identity, crippled my finances, burdened me with anxiety & depression - all this during a pandemic while I was in bereavement, and excelling at work was my major source of healing #H4EADdelays are so much more than job losses (1/5)
Employer-backed expedite requests through Congress denied twice over 9 months; with no end in sight to resolving #H4EADdelays, my former position will be filled this week. I am struggling to find any strength remaining to start over AGAIN (2/5)
10yrs ago I started serving as a local community volunteer. When #H4EAD came along (thanks to @BarackObama ) I proved myself from the ground up in non-profits that served the interests of this country. I did my part wholeheartedly while enduring the unfair #GCbacklog (3/5)
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Arguments linking per-country caps to maintaining diversity in America are used repeatedly. They came up yet again during the house judiciary committee hearing on 04/28, so we wanted to take some time to address it. 1/12
The thing being considered right now, is the removal of per-country caps in EB immigration. The caps apply to immigrants in this category who are ALREADY in the US and have been awaiting their turn for a green card for years! 2/12
Eliminating these per-country caps wouldn't let in any more EB immigrants into the US annually than right now. It would just make it make everyone stand in the SAME LINE for them, irrespective of their country of birth. 3/12
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In 5 minutes of testimony, @David_J_Bier has managed to not just illustrate the serious gaps in legal immigration policy, but also address why things stand the way they do.

Excerpt about employer-based Green Card path from his testimony on “Why Don’t They Just Get in Line?” 🧵👇
Employers may sponsor their employees, but their employees have a hard annual numerical limit of 130,000 green cards—half of which go to the spouses and minor children of the workers. This limit was last updated in 1990.
Immigrants from a single birthplace can obtain no more than 7 percent of the green cards in a single year unless they would otherwise not be used.
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1-#MyStory- Decade of my life is lost in search of American Dream,being labor &showing excellence in 9 to 5 job,law-abiding,paying taxes, with kids close to age-out,my dreams are crushed, American dreams are JUST that dreams!
#S386IsFair #PassS386 #HR1044
2-I wish i get back my 10 yrs stolen life,stolen with misinformed dual intent #h1bvisa , #greencardbacklog despite being vetted twice USCIS&US DOL,APPROVED for GC have2wait for150+yrs?
#EBGCountryCap make #NoSense my last hope is #S386 which is also being crushed by @DickDurbin
3-Not untill 4Yrs back was aware of this indentured servitude caused by #NationalityDiscrimination #ModernSlavery in a Great Nation while world is watching & laughing for its ages-old IMMG policy, adding to it, #Durbin who sabtoge #DACA #LegalImmigrants but doesn’t help in REAL
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BIG! The outstanding lawyers at Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt P.A. filed a lawsuit today challenging the illegal counting of spouses and minor children of EB-5 investors against the green card limits. This would TRIPLE the # of investors…
I contributed an expert affidavit in the case on the effects that this would have on the backlog of green cards for EB-5 investors. The backlog of approved I-526s is almost entirely due to the government's illegal practice…
I uploaded the complaint, which tracks many of the arguments that I have made about the government's duty to not count spouses and minor children except in cases where the statute includes them…
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