Lofgren & Honda issue statement on updated visa bulletin
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) and Mike Honda (D-Silicon Valley) issued the following statement today in response to an updated version of the October Visa Bulletin issued by the State Department on September 25th. The updated bulletin dramatically scaled back the number of immigrants eligible to apply for green cards and adjust to lawful permanent resident status:
"We are deeply disappointed and concerned by last Friday's revision to the October Visa Bulletin. This action has effectively reversed the progress made in reforming our visa system through President Obama's executive actions. As a result, thousands of individuals and businesses that had relied on the original October bulletin have irrevocably lost thousands of dollars in legal fees and other expenses related to preparing and planning for their applications. Many have made life-changing decisions that cannot be undone.
"This revision seriously undermines the stability and predictability of our immigration system. In a time when this country has to compete harder than ever with the rest of the world for high-skilled workers, a confounding and sudden change such as this is unacceptable.
"The Department of State should take steps to ensure mistakes of this magnitude do not happen again, and work with the Department of Homeland Security to provide discretionary relief to those affected.
"Some applicants have already filed a class-action lawsuit challenging the agencies' decision. We commend and support their efforts, and in the event this administration is unable or unwilling to provide them with equitable relief, hope the courts will do so instead."
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