Rep. Torres introduces bill to reinstate diversity visas
Rep. Ritchie Torres introduced legislation to reinstate diversity visas in an effort to help thousands of immigrants who were blocked from entering the U.S. under former President Donald Trump's administration.
The congressman gathered with members of the community in Hunts Point to urge the Biden administration to keep its promise to the more than 3,900 immigrants who won diversity visas but were restricted from entering the U.S. under the Trump administration policy that affected people from majority-Muslim countries.
The legislation is called the "Keep Our Promise Act." It would let the 3,900 immigrants reclaim their visas, and 17,000 immigrants who applied for diversity visas would have the ability to resume the process.
The proposed legislation seeks to help an estimated 21,000 immigrants from seven countries previously banned by the Trump administration.