When people talk about reforming our immigration system, they often discuss only the issues surrounding undocumented immigrants. In some cases, they may bring up the difficulty U.S. employers have bringing in needed workers on H1-B visas, or keeping them when those visas expire. Perhaps because its economic impact is less obvious, family-based immigration gets less attention in the debate, but our family immigration system is also out of date -- and it often seems to thwart the goal of bringing families together.
A green card is a highly coveted document that can allow non-citizens to live and work in the United States permanently. As a result, many people hoping to live in New York would love to get their hands one.