An advocacy group in the US has come up with a proposal under which Green Card aspirants will have to pay an additional one-time USD 2,500 fee to get America’s coveted legal permanent residency.
The funds — an estimated USD 4 billion — collected through the channel from hundreds of thousands of aspirants will be used for enhancing security mechanism in the US including construction of a wall along the Mexico border, according to the Immigration Voice.
The Washington-based the non-profit organisation said it is currently working with several US lawmakers, pushing to incorporate this provision in an upcoming legislation, being widely referred to as the DACA or deferred action against childhood arrivals package.
It argues that all that is needed to raise USD 4 billion is to include ‘HR 392’, or the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act, into any appropriations legislation, that is under consideration, and add a USD-2,500 fee to it.
This fee will be paid by each individual who will receive permanent residency under this bill whose Green Card would otherwise have taken longer under the status quo, it said.
“This is a win-win (situation) for everybody,” Leon Fresco, working with the Immigration Voice, told PTI.
He has formerly worked as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Immigration Litigation at Department of Justice Civil Division.
President Donald Trump has affirmed that he does not want US tax payers to pay for the wall, Fresco said, adding it is a big issue because Mexico does not want to pay for the wall.
There are an estimated 1-1.5 million Indian Americans in the US waiting for Green Card and have a much longer wait than anyone else, because of the seven per cent cap that exists per country for it, he said.