HOUSTON, April 23 (UPI) -- The immigration reform debate in Washington includes calls for reducing so-called chain migration, in which immigrants may bring relatives into the country.
More than 1.5 million Mexicans have legally entered the United States in the past decade under provisions of a 1965 law -- and subsequent measures -- intended to reunite families split by immigration, The Houston Chronicle reported.
The law allows legal immigrants to send for family members, but some critics say U.S. law encourages chain migration -- bringing in not only children and spouses, but also brothers, sisters and parents.
Four proposals to change the law on chain migration are under consideration in the House. One, by Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., would slash to zero the federal quota on family-sponsored immigrants, currently set at 226,000 per year.
Hector Flores, President of the League of United Latin American Citizens -- the nation's largest and oldest Hispanic organization -- thinks the cap should be raised, not lowered
"It needs to be 400,000, 500,000 minimum," he said.