Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act Introduced in the Senate by Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Harry Reid.

Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada introduced S.1 to reform America's broken immigration system with following 15 co-sponsors:
Sen Richard Blumenthal [CT] , Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] - 1/22/2013 Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] - 1/22/2013 
Sen Coons, Chris A. [DE] - 1/22/20=13 Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] - 1/22/2013 Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA] - 1/22/2013 
Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] - 1/22/2013 Sen Heinrich, Martin [NM] - 1/22/2013 Sen Hirono, Mazie K. [HI] - 1/22/2013 
Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] - 1/22/2013 Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT] - 1/22/2013 Sen Levin, Carl [MI] - 1/22/2013 
Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] - 1/22/2013 Sen Schatz, Brian [HI] - 1/22/2013 Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] - 1/22/2013.

Text is as follows:

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.: This Act may be cited as the ``Immigration Reform that Works for America's Future Act''.

SEC. 2. SENSE OF THE SENATE: It is the sense of the Senate that Congress should--

(1) create a roadmap for immigrants who are here without legal status to earn citizenship, provided they pay taxes, complete a background check, learn English, and show a commitment to America;

(2) allow students who came to America as children to earn citizenship by attending college or joining the Armed Forces;

(3) protect the sustainability of the American agricultural industry, including the dairy industry, with a stable and legal agricultural workforce;

(4) encourage those who seek to invest in the United States and create American jobs;

(5) permit and encourage individuals who earn an advanced degree from one of our world-class universities to remain in the United States, rather than using that education to work for our international competitors;

(6) fulfill and strengthen our Nation's commitments regarding security along our borders and at our ports of entry;

(7) strengthen our Nation's historic humanitarian tradition of welcoming asylum seekers and refugees and improve existing policies that support immigrant victims of crime and domestic violence;

(8) create an effective electronic verification system and strengthen enforcement to prevent employers from hiring people here illegally;

(9) implement a rational legal immigration system that promotes job creation by converting the current flow of illegal immigrants into the United States into a more manageable, controlled, and legal process for admitting immigrants while, at the same time, safeguarding the jobs, rights, and wages of American workers;

(10) adopt practical and fair immigration reforms to help ensure that all families are able to be together.


Proposed Timeline:

  • Draft CIR bill by March end.
  • Debate and (hopefully) pass bill in Senate by August
  • Debate and (hopefully) pass bill in House by Unknown. They haven't yet released timeline for House to pass the bill. It could be November or December.
  • If both houses of Congress passes the bill, then President will sign it (typically in less than a month) and the bill becomes law.

You may want to read the article: How A Bill Becomes A Law

1 comment:

  1. Kudos to our senators who are working hard for the well-being and bright future of America as the melting pot of all races and known as the nation of immigrants! We have to accept the fact that we are all immigrants save the Indians who were and are the original people of this beautiful land of the free and of the brave.


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