Record pace for green cards won't last without congressional action

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“This is a case where, even if behind closed doors 80 percent of Congress will tell you they agree with a common set of immigration improvements, the current state of politics makes it impossible for them to actually get anything through,” Wang said.

Tillis said in a brief interview last week that the lame-duck period after the midterm elections would be the most likely time for Congress to take up any legislation on green card relief.

He also said he sees increasing interest for such proposals in the Republican caucus.

“When you see the labor participation rates and you hear from various industries, and it’s agriculture, hospitality, leisure, construction trades. I mean, we’ve got chronic shortages and they have been sustained,” Tillis said. “So I don’t see how any reasonable person can get to a solution to the problem without this being a key part of it.”


But he and other Republicans have also signaled they would be unwilling to pass any immigration bill without measures to tighten border security.

At a Senate panel hearing earlier this month on how immigrants could fill health care workforce shortages, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said there will be no solution to employment-related immigration challenges “until we find a solution to what’s happening at the border now.”

Tillis added at the hearing: “Not a single one of us — or at least me, I won’t speak for my colleagues — will unless we fix the underlying problem with border security.”

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