Chain migration refers to the process by which immigrants can enter the United States through sponsorship from family members already living in the country. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, green card holders can petition for their spouses and unmarried children to become permanent residents. In addition, citizens may petition for their spouses, children, parents, and siblings. Just months after Sayfullo Saipov -- the Diversity Visa Lottery terrorist -- murdered 8 people in New York City, "chain migration" made international news. On December 11th, 2017, Akayed Ullah detonated a bomb near the Port Authority in NYC. We learned that he is a Bangleshi national, who entered America through chain migration. Congress has introduced bills in the House and Senate to address this immigration issue.
Representative Bob Goodlatte introduced the Securing America's Future Act of 2018 (H.R.4760), which limits chain migration, revises annual immigration levels, and eliminates the visa lottery system. On the other side of the aisle, Senator Tom Cotton introduced the RAISE Act (S.354), limits chain migration and disposes of the lottery program. Both of these pieces of legislation solve the problem of terrorists using chain migration to enter America.
In order to stop terrorist attacks, like the ones mentioned above, our representatives in the House and Senate need to hear from us.