Scalise: Democrat spending bill skirts limits on green cards for foreigners

"It's their way of sneaking their open-borders agenda into this bill," said the House minority whip.

Updated: November 15, 2021 - 10:39pm

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The Democrats' $1.75 trillion spending bill includes making 630,000 unused green cards available to foreign workers and their families, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) revealed Monday.

According to current law, 140,000 employment-based green cards and a minimum of 226,000 family-based green cards are allowed to be handed out every year, Scalise wrote in an email to supporters.

If those green cards go unused during the year, they become unavailable for future use. In the past two years, about 240,000 family-based green cards were unused, and about 62,000 employment-based green cards went unused last year.

Scalise noted that in the 2,135-page spending bill, there is a provision under Section 60002 to make about 630,000 unused green cards available to foreigners while many Americans are unemployed or underemployed.

Since President Biden took office, over 1.4 million illegal immigrants have been arrested along the southern border, which is more than the population of the ninth-largest city in America, Dallas, Texas, Scalise added.

The congressman tweeted out on Monday: "Dems' radical spending bill exposed: Green cards for migrants and their families without limits. The provision eliminates current caps and immediately makes approximately 630,000 cards available. It's their way of sneaking their open-borders agenda into this bill."