Immigrant Visa 20-year Projection for Senate Bill S.744
According to an analysis by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), enactment of the Senate Gang of Eight immigration bill, S.744, would nearly triple the number of immigrants admitted to the U.S. with work authorization over the next decade to 35 million.
S.744’s amnesty provisions — a general amnesty for virtually all illegal aliens who arrived prior to 2012, for deported aliens with close relatives in the U.S., for illegal aliens who entered the country before age 16, and for illegal aliens who worked in agriculture — would grant legal status to 12.8 million people. A decade after enactment, virtually all of these amnesty beneficiaries would become green card holders.
In addition to the 12.8 million amnesty recipients, FAIR estimates another 22.3 million immigrants would receive green cards during the first decade of enactment. These new arrivals would include about 13 million people who would enter through existing family and employment-based systems, through a newly created merit-based system (which gives points for having relatives in the U.S.) plus the fast-track admission of about 4.7 million current applicants who are waiting in line.
See the chart below for more details on FAIR’s projection of immigrant visas over the next 10 years or download the PDF.