Calling it a broken system, Congressman Joaquin Castro is asking President Barack Obama to fix the green card program in an effort to boost innovation, job creation and the lives of immigrants.
“The United States provides top-notch educations to smart folks from around the world, and our economy stands to benefit from their brilliance after graduation,” Castro said in a press release. “Using his authority, President Obama can help eliminate the backlog of green card applications, retain talent educated in America, and enhance our nation’s ability to lead in today’s global economy.”
Castro was joined by Congressman Scott Peters, whose district is in California, in writing a letter signed by 71 members of Congress that was sent to the President Monday.
“If we want the best and brightest from around the world, who we are educating at American universities, to stay here and start or join innovative ventures here in the United States, we must fix this broken system,” Peters said in a press release. “President Obama can take simple steps today to recapture these unused visas, and help grow the economy and create American jobs.”
According to Castro, 200,000 qualifying applications are delayed because of bureaucratic error, which Castro says hampers economic growth, separates families and limits the talent needed by entrepreneurs to grow business.
Read a full copy of the letter here: