Families look for relief from immigration bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators writing an immigration overhaul bill are scrutinizing the nation's system of family-based immigration, and that could mean fewer green cards for relatives who could eventually seek U.S. citizenship.

The U.S. is unusual among industrialized nations in that most legal permanent immigrants to the country come here because they're related to American citizens or permanent residents. Other countries put more of a focus on prospective immigrants who have work skills or employment prospects, and some lawmakers say the U.S. should move in that direction.

Although nothing has been decided, that could mean fewer green cards, which are awarded to legal permanent residents, in the future, especially for siblings who aren't part of an immigrant's nuclear family.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WYMT CONTACT INFO 199 Black Gold Blvd. Hazard, KY 41701 606-436-5757 - switchboard 606-439-9968 - newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 191819201 - wkyt.com/a?a=191819201