FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
CONTACT: Mana Mostatabi | 202.386.6325 x103 | [email protected]
Washington, DC – Jamal Abdi, President of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), issued the following statement on Sen. Durbin’s efforts to pass legislation to address the green card backlog, which were blocked by Sen. Mike Lee:
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“Sen. Durbin is a true champion of immigrant communities in the United States, and today is no exception as he again sought to pass compromise legislation to fix the broken green card system. In advancing a true solution via the RELIEF Act, Sen. Durbin has been the subject of an outrageous and shameless campaign of disinformation and intimidation led by lobbyists who want to ram through a deeply-flawed bill that would not fix the green card backlog and would provide zero protections for the many immigrant communities who would be harmed by it.
“However, there should be no doubt – Sen. Durbin is a champion for immigrant communities across the country, and is fighting for a true fix to the green card backlog that is supported by a diverse group of immigrant communities. Rather than pit immigrants against each other in fighting over a broken system, the Senate must hold a hearing on the green card backlog and pass legislation that would fix it by making more green cards available.”