Recapturing Unused Green Cards is a Trillion Dollar Reconciliation Opportunity

Source: Niskanan Center
by Jeremy L Neufeld

“Congress has the opportunity to recapture more than a million unused green cards through the reconciliation process, which would likely contribute approximately $1.080 trillion to US GDP over ten years and increase net revenue to federal, state, and local governments by approximately $463 billion. Green card waste is a long-standing issue. Since 1992, hundreds of thousands of green cards authorized by Congress have been left unissued due to administrative complications. COVID-19 has exacerbated the problem significantly, with more green cards likely to go unused this year than in any previous year.” (09/10/21)