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Asian lawmakers fear changes to visa programs would keep families apart

Apr 26, 2013

The new changes made in the Senate's bill troubles many Asian-American lawmakers and advocates. The family-sponsored visa system would be replaced by a merit-based visa program that would initially give out 120,000 visas per year and raise the number to a maximum cap of 250,000, depending on demand and the unemployment rate.

Rep. Mike Honda(D-Calif), co-chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus's(CAPAC), and other CAPAC members met with aides to Sen.Charles Schumer(D-N.Y.), a member of the Senate's Gang Of Eight that drafted the bill, to discuss immigration reform issues, including the family visas.

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