For the first time in decades, the nation’s largest guest worker programs could be seeing significant reform.
Introduced by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), chair of the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, and John Curtis (R-Utah), the Equal Access to Green cards for Legal Employment (EAGLE) Act aims to reform employment-based (EB) green cards, the H-1B visa program, and family-sponsored visas.
Broken immigration system
Major immigration reform has been proposed by the past five presidential administrations, including the Biden administration. However, the last major update to the nation’s immigration laws was the Immigration Act of 1990.
That act established caps on many visa programs, including the H-1B visa and a per-country cap on employment-based green cards. As a result, skilled workers are often unable to immigrate to the United States, and those who do are…