Steube Reintroduces Legislation to Limit Chain Migration Amid Growing Border Crisis

June 8, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) reintroduced the Break the Chain Act to limit family-based immigration visas to spouses and minor children of U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents.

“While the Biden Administration recklessly opens up our southern border and overwhelms CBP, Congress must work towards common sense immigration reforms that will end irresponsible policies, like chain migration,” Steube said. “Not only will this legislation create a level playing field for legal immigrants applying for citizenship, but it will also help the federal government control the number of people we have entering our country each year.”

This legislation would rescind the F1, F2(B), F3, and F4 family-sponsored visa preference categories and the parent category, leaving only spouses and minor children eligible for immediate relative status under F2(A). Applicants applying under the F2(A) category will be processed based on the age at which their application for a green card was filed.

The bill also creates a renewable, 5-year term, nonimmigrant visa for parents of citizens that does not include work authorization.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped over 178,000 illegal immigrants, many of who were unaccompanied minors, from entering our southern border in April alone. Many migrants have stated that President Biden’s lax immigration policies, such as pausing deportations, as the reason for coming to the U.S.

 The full text of the legislation can be found here.

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