Lawmakers Blast Green Card Replacement
WASHINGTON (AP) Lawmakers are criticizing Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff over a plan that would require some non-citizen workers to get new green cards.
They say cardholders are not being given adequate notice or time to get the new documents, which allow them to continue to live and work in the U.S. as legal, permanent residents.
Under the proposed rule, all cards issued between 1977 and 1989 which do not include an expiration date would have to be replaced with new cards that do.
If cardholders fail to get new cards within 120 days after the rule takes effect, they could be deported or unable to legally work.
Members of the Hispanic Caucus say they've been told they won't be able to meet with Chertoff for three to four months, about the time the rule is expected to take effect.
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