The chair of the Congressional Black Caucus warned Wednesday that if the Senate "Gang of Eight" comprehensive immigration bill makes its way to the House of Representatives without a diversity visa program,a majority of the 43-member caucus will vote against it.
Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, said that about "90 percent" of the caucus would vote against the immigration bill because they feel the loss of the 55,000-visa diversity lottery program would adversely impact immigration from African and Caribbean nations.
"My position is, since we have been talking with them (Senate "Gang of Eight") for more than a month about our concerns our position is this: if you don't put it in the bill the black caucus is not going to support it," Fudge said in an interview with America Urban Radio Network's April Ryan. "I can guarantee you they need our votes. If they want to get a real fair and balanced bill passed they need to either put diversity visas back in or something comparable to diversity visas."