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Census is too important to be affected by partisan politics

Q: What steps will you take to ensure that the upcoming census is fully funded, accurate, and avoids under-counting?

Conor Lamb: The Census is too important to be affected by partisan politics. We need a fully-funded, professionally operated Census in 2020 in order to ensure that people are accurately counted and receive proper representation. I will oppose any attempts to underfund or otherwise undermine the integrity of the Census.

Source: League of Women Voters Q&A on 2018 Congress PA-17 election , Sep 9, 2018

Work with the illegal immigrants; get them out of the dark

There are 4 options on immigration, Lamb explains. One, kick every undocumented immigrant out. Two, legalize the Dreamers--but try to kick out all the other migrants here illegally. Three, "the Dreamers obviously should stay," and "the other 11 million people, who knows how they got here, let's find a way to pull them out [of the shadows.]" And four: no change, continue the current policies. "I really believe that if you present those four options to people, 90% choose option three," he says.
Source: Politico Magazine on 2018 Congressional PA-18 election , Feb 18, 2018

Increase both high-skill and family-based visa caps.

Lamb co-sponsored the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act

Legislative Summary:This bill increases the per-country cap on family-based immigrant visas from 7% of the total number of such visas available that year to 15%, and eliminates the 7% cap for employment-based immigrant visas. It also removes an offset that reduced the number of visas for individuals from China. The bill also establishes transition rules for employment-based visas from FY2020-FY2022, by reserving a percentage of EB-2 (workers with advanced degrees or exceptional ability), EB-3 (skilled and other workers), and EB-5 (investors) visas for individuals not from the two countries with the largest number of recipients of such visas. Of the unreserved visas, not more than 85% shall be allotted to immigrants from any single country.

Explanation from the Countable.US: Under the current immigration system, immigrants from any one country can claim no more than 7% of the 140,000 employment-based green cards issued annually to foreign nationals working in the U.S. This significantly disadvantages immigrants from larger countries that more immigrants come from.

For example, China (population 1.3 billion) and India have large backlogs of workers wishing to immigrate to and work in the U.S., but they have the name visa caps as countries such as Iceland or Estonia (population 1.3 million), which have both much smaller populations and far fewer citizens seeking to immigrate to the U.S.

The net effect of this is that immigrants from India and China can face decades-long waits, averaging 2-3 times the wait times for immigrants from other countries, for green cards, and many have to return home because they can't get permanent residency; meanwhile, countries such as Iceland and Estonia never come close to reaching their visa limit caps.

Legislative outcome Roll call 437 in House on 7/10/2019 passed 365-65-2; referred to Committee in Senate 7/9/2019; no action as of 1/1/2020.

Source: S.386/H.R.1044 19-HR1044 on Feb 7, 2019

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