GOP Lawmakers Propose Major Immigration Restrictions

Law360 (January 22, 2021, 5:15 PM EST) -- In the face of President Joe Biden's immediate moves to liberalize immigration pathways that had been curtailed under his predecessor, Republican legislators in the House have introduced a pair of bills seeking to codify major new restrictions on legal immigration.

The GOP-sponsored bills would eliminate the diversity visa lottery, which allows up to 55,000 immigrants from underrepresented countries to come to the United States each year, and prevent anyone convicted of a crime from obtaining asylum.

The measures, drafted by Reps. Bill Posey, R-Fla., and Bob Good, R-Va., were introduced Thursday, Biden's first full day in office. Good's bill, the asylum...

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