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Dollars and Lives Lost in the Wait for Immigration Reform

Dollars and Lives Lost in the Wait for Immigration Reform

Two-and-a-half months after the Senate passed immigration reform legislation (S. 744), the House of Representatives continues to dawdle. Other than giving speeches and mulling over a few backward-looking, enforcement-only bills, the House has done nothing to revamp the broken U.S. immigration system or to realistically resolve the status of the 11 million unauthorized immigrants now […]

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Months After Passage, Anti-Immigrant Group Still Mischaracterizes Senate Bill

Written by on September 20, 2013 in Border, Congress, Economics, Myths, Uncategorized with 1 Comment
Months After Passage, Anti-Immigrant Group Still Mischaracterizes Senate Bill

The immigration reform bill (S.744) that the Senate passed in June would fix our broken work visa programs for lower skilled, higher skilled, and agricultural workers; eliminate decades-long backlogs in our immigrant visa programs; increase job and wage protections for U.S. workers; and greatly increase our investment in border security. In addition, the bill would […]

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How States And Local Economies Benefit From Immigrants

How States And Local Economies Benefit From Immigrants

Detroit usurped Jefferson County, Alabama’s place last week as the largest municipality in the United States ever to file for bankruptcy. And as signs increasingly pointed toward the city’s financial issues, local leaders in Southeast Michigan have been exploring ways in which to stabilize or strengthen Detroit’s economy. One way to do that is to […]

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DREAMers Push For A Path To Citizenship

DREAMers Push For A Path To Citizenship

Ahead of a Wednesday meeting of House Republicans to discuss various options on immigration reform, hundreds of DREAMers—young immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children—held their own version of a citizenship ceremony and rally yesterday to push for legislation that will provide a roadmap to citizenship for not only themselves but for millions of other […]

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Is a Border Surge the Only Way to Pass Immigration Reform and Ensure Legalization?

Is a Border Surge the Only Way to Pass Immigration Reform and Ensure Legalization?

During the second full week of debate on S. 744, momentum towards passage increased with a positive CBO score, the defeat of several poison-pill amendments, and the announcement of a Republican border amendment that is thought to bring ten to fifteen Republicans to “yes” on final passage. A series of critical cloture votes is likely […]

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CBO Gives High Marks to Senate Immigration Bill

CBO Gives High Marks to Senate Immigration Bill

Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its much-anticipated “scoring,” or cost estimate, of the Senate immigration bill. Overall, the numbers are good. Very good. The CBO projects 20 years ahead and predicts fiscal savings in the amount of roughly $1 trillion. In addition, the CBO explained in a separate report that the bill would […]

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How the Senate Votes On Amendments

How the Senate Votes On Amendments

The Senate voted on four amendments to the immigration reform bill today, starting the ball rolling on what is likely to be a series of amendment votes over the next few days. The Senate rejected two votes requiring more enforcement at the border as a condition of implementing or completing a legalization program: Vitter 1228, […]

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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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Will Due Process Protections Be Preserved in Senate Mark-Up?

Will Due Process Protections Be Preserved in Senate Mark-Up?

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its mark-up of Title III of S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. When the mark-up continues on Monday, Senators are likely to vote on amendments addressing immigration courts. These amendments will be crucial in determining whether the full Senate receives a bill that provides […]

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Subtle but Dramatic Progress on Immigration Reform

Subtle but Dramatic Progress on Immigration Reform

Yesterday was day 3 of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s mark-up on S. 744, the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill. While it wasn’t as exciting as the first two days—no dramatic speeches or vocal disagreement—several important votes were taken to modify the mandatory E-verify program, adding and subtracting protections, safeguards, and reporting requirements. This lack of […]

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