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.
- 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.
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