WASHINGTON D.C. - Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) introduced H.R. 604, the Nuclear Family Priority Act, in order to address the nation's ongoing problem of "chain migration." The bill will serve as a means to shore up the ever-rising tide of chain migration which continues to burden the American economy. Under the current law, one immigrant can serve as a catalyst for up to 273 other legal immigrants entering our country based on genetics. The Nuclear Family Priority Act fulfills suggestions made by the bi-partisan U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform.
Currently, two-thirds of the legal immigrants admitted as citizens are not granted citizenship because of skill, or need, but rather because of familial connections. Part of the problem the Nuclear Family Priority Act addresses is the false sense of assurance that legal status will be granted to the extended family of legal immigrants, regardless of their ability to contribute to our nation.
Hice released the following statement in response to the introduction of the measure:
"As a nation we are divided largely on partisan lines on how to truly address the problem of our flawed immigration system. This legislation is not partisan; it's a practical solution to a complex problem. To compete in the world economy, we must start admitting immigrants based on the skills they bring to the table and stop adding to an already overburdened workforce in which unskilled laborers are unable to compete.
The American Dream is something that is worth fighting for and protecting, it's not a guarantee. In the spirit of the American dream, this legislation does not hinder the efforts of legal immigrants to reunite with their immediate families in America, but instead rather prevents abuse of our overwhelmed immigration system."