Indian H-1B workers waiting for green cards – permanent residency in the US – are pushing for bill that seeks to cut their waiting period, “backing it with an offer of at least $4 billion to fund border security, including a wall along the Mexican border”, according to a report in Hindustan Times.
The report quotes Aman Kapoor, the co-founder and president of advocacy group Immigration Voice, as saying, “Indian high-skilled workers will gladly, enthusiastically and happily pay for the border security or the wall if given an opportunity to do so in order to get fair treatment on green card waiting times.”
The money will come by charging an extra $2,500 from those applying for a green card. With an estimated 1.5 million applicants from India, the sum comes up to a significant total.
“This is a win-win (situation) for everybody, it allows President (Donald) Trump to fulfil his campaign promises to build a wall not paid for by American citizens … (and) it would help to grow our economy by allowing highly skilled immigrants to start their own companies and hire American workers.” Kapoor has said.
While people of other nationalities also have to wait for their green card, Indians wait the longest — around 70 years at current rate of disposal. Their line is the longest and gets even longer as more join the queue every year.