Family reunification and employment visas
AJC advocates for changes to family immigration laws.
Family Immigration: Family is the cornerstone of American society. United families build strong individuals and strong communities. Right now, many immigrant families remain separated for years – sometimes even decades – because of the bureaucratic visa delays. We must reform the immigration system to expedite the visa process in favor of family reunification. This includes making family-based visas more accessible, reducing the current backlog of family-based visas, and generally reorienting the visa system to prioritize family unity. Also, we must ensure that family-based visas are not placed in competition with other visa categories. Provisions such as these are inhumane and harmful to the goal of family unity.
High-skilled non-immigrant visas (H1-B) and business immigration: In accord with our support for fair and generous treatment of immigrants, AJC advocates for immigration policies that increase or eliminate the numerical limit of nonimmigrant visas for high-skilled workers in proportion to United States economic demands, and reforms to the immigration system to establish a more fair and sensible pathway to permanent legal status for qualified workers and their families. Such reforms are in the best interest of our country’s economy and our local community’s well-being.
Low-skilled non-immigrant visas (H2-A) and agricultural immigration: Low-skilled and seasonal agricultural workers, due to their migrant status, are highly vulnerable to economic exploitation and denial of their civil rights, with little ability to defend themselves. Adoption of an agricultural program that would allow the agricultural industry to meet their low-skilled labor demands while protecting their workforce from abuse and providing a path to citizenship for these hard-working low-skilled immigrants would ensure that American businesses have the labor they need to compete in a global economy and would help to create a fair and generous U.S. immigration policy that would not only reflect our highest values of freedom, opportunity, and family cohesion, but also benefit our nation materially.