Archive for May, 2013

How the Immigration Reform Bill Could Help Undocumented Farmworkers and Growers

How the Immigration Reform Bill Could Help Undocumented Farmworkers and Growers

Approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants could become eligible for legal status under S. 744, the immigration reform bill the Senate is considering, including millions of undocumented farmworkers.  The importance of finding a way to create a legal workforce within the agriculture industry is critical, as undocumented farmworkers make up an estimated 53 percent of agriculture [...]

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Medicare’s Health and Well-Being Depends on Immigrants

Medicare’s Health and Well-Being Depends on Immigrants

Immigrants’ access to affordable health care is one of the most contested issues in the current immigration reform debate. Most advocates of comprehensive immigration reform point to the need to ensure that aspiring citizens have opportunities to access appropriate health care since such access will impact their ability to learn, to work, and to contribute [...]

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Will Immigration Reform Correct the Immigration System’s Gender Bias?

Will Immigration Reform Correct the Immigration System’s Gender Bias?

Within the current immigration system, many women confront systematic barriers when trying to gain legal status. This is one of the main conclusions drawn from a study conducted by social scientists Cecilia Menjivar and Olivia Salcido. Based on a 10-year-long research project on immigrant women in Arizona, the authors identify specific instances in which gender [...]

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How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Fare in the New Immigration Bill

How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Fare in the New Immigration Bill

With the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote last week to pass S.744 on to the Senate floor, a new proposal for spurring immigrant entrepreneurship and innovation will be before Congress. Title IV, Subtitle H of the bill creates the INVEST visa (Investing in New Venture, Entrepreneurial Startups, and Technologies) for immigrant entrepreneurs. This new visa program [...]

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Experts from Left and Right Agree on Economic Power of Immigration Reform

Experts from Left and Right Agree on Economic Power of Immigration Reform

In recent years, study after study has demonstrated a simple yet economically powerful truth about broad-based immigration reform: workers with legal status earn more than workers who are unauthorized—and these extra earnings generate more tax revenue, as well as more consumer spending, which creates more jobs. As a new report from the Center for American [...]

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What Does the Success of the Mark-Up Tell us About the Coming Full Senate Vote on Immigration?

What Does the Success of the Mark-Up Tell us About the Coming Full Senate Vote on Immigration?

One year ago, with the presidential race in full swing and proponents of self-deportation making the headlines, it would have been difficult to predict the extraordinary vote that took place Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ten Democrats and three Republicans voted to pass S. 744 out of committee and send a comprehensive immigration bill [...]

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Senate Judiciary Committee Reaches Agreement on Immigration Reform Bill

Senate Judiciary Committee Reaches Agreement on Immigration Reform Bill

After three weeks and hours of debate over five days, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” on a bipartisan 13-5 vote, with GOP Senators Lindsey Graham (SC), Orrin Hatch (UT), and Jeff Flake (AZ) voting with the Democrats. Advocates in the hearing room burst into [...]

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Senate Judiciary Committee Votes to Pass Immigration Bill on to Full Senate

Senate Judiciary Committee Votes to Pass Immigration Bill on to Full Senate

Today, on a bipartisan vote of 13 to 5, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to pass Senate Bill 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, out of the committee and on to the Senate floor for a full vote in the coming days. The Senate committee mark-up spanned three weeks and covered [...]

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How the Senate Bill Seeks to Deter Future Waves of Unauthorized Immigration

How the Senate Bill Seeks to Deter Future Waves of Unauthorized Immigration

The Senate Judiciary Committee continues to consider amendments to Title II of the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act’’ (S.744) today. For many, Title II is the bill’s core as it deals with the legalization of the undocumented population already living here and lays out the rules concerning future immigration, among other issues.

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Day 4 of Senate Immigration Mark-up Goes Late into Night

Day 4 of Senate Immigration Mark-up Goes Late into Night

Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its fourth day—and likely last week—of the immigration reform bill’s mark-up. After spending most of the day finishing the Title 3 (interior enforcement) amendments, the senators began on the last part of the bill, Title 2 (legalization), which includes the path to citizenship. They considered 50 amendments and approved [...]

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