Senate, House and Administration Immigration Reform Documents (2013-2014)

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Included here are frameworks, proposed legislation and other immigration reform documents from the Senate, House and Obama Administration for 2013-2014 and the 113th Congress:

House Republican Party Immigration Standards (January 28, 2014) Released prior to Republican Party policy "retreat".

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House Republican Immigration "Standards" (1.28.14)  This draft set of principles was released in advance of a Republican Party policy retreat.

On Oct. 2, 2013, House Democrats had introduced their own proposal (HR 15, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act), shortly before the Oct. 5 mobilizations, although it had little to no chance of moving forward in the House. Other immigration reform bills were thrown into the hopper, and sit alongside several piecemeal bills (see the 5 bills below) offered by Republican representatives.

A Guide to HR 15 has been produced by the Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Council. You can read an/or download it here. You can read their 6 page bill summary here.

H.R.1417 -- Border Security Results Act of 2013. "To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a comprehensive strategy to gain and maintain operational control of the international borders of the United States, and for other purposes".

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c113:1:./temp/~c1133HQdcm::

H.R. 2278, the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act or "SAFE" Act.  "To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to improve immigration law enforcement within the interior of the United States, and for other purposes." (See summaries and analysis of the SAFE Act below)

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr2278

H.R.1772 -- Legal Workforce Act. "Legal Workforce Act - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish an employment eligibility verification system (EEVS), patterned after the E-Verify system. (Eliminates the current paper-based I-9 system.) "

http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:HR01772:@@@D&summ2=m&

H.R.1773 -- To create a nonimmigrant H-2C work visa program for agricultural workers, and for other purposes. "Agricultural Guestworker Act or the AG Act - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to establish an H-2C nonimmigrant visa for an alien having a residence in a foreign country which he or she has no intention of abandoning and who is coming temporarily to the United States to perform agricultural labor or services."

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:HR01773:@@@D&summ2=m&

H.R.2131 -- SKILLS Visa Act "To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to enhance American competitiveness through the encouragement of high-skilled immigration, and for other purposes." 

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr2131

NNIRR joins dozens of organizations opposing SAFE Act in letter to House leaders (Oct. 9, 2013) The letter, coordinated by CAMBIO, to Speaker Boehner and Democratic leader Pelosi urges that the SAFE Act not be brought to the House floor for a vote, citing the proposal's escalation of the "criminalization" of undocumented immigrants. See analysis below.

House Republicans say they'll act on immigration reform this year (September 22, 2013). Goodlatte hopes the House can begin considering bills next month. Goodlatte, whose committee oversees immigration legislation, has said he is open to granting legal status to otherwise law-abiding undocumented immigrants. He said they are working on 4 new legislative pieces addressing border controls.

Day Four Recap of the Immigration Reform Bill. (May 21, 2013). More than 165 Amendments have been considered for the for "The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744".     

Statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee's consideration of S.744, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. (May 20, 2013). A Statment released by the Senate Judiciary Committee Majority Staff.

Day Three Recap of the Immigration Reform Bill. (May 16, 2013). A list of the amendments adopted by the Senate Judiciary Committee for "The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744".

DayTwo Recap from the Markup of the Immigration Reform Bill. (May 14, 2013). A list of the amendments adopted by the Senate Judiciary Committee for "The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744".    

Day One Recap: Bipartisan Progress on Immigration Reform Bill. (May 10, 2013). A list of the amendments adopted by the Senate Judiciary Committee for "The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744".


The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744. (April 22, 2013) This hearing was held by the Senate Judiciary Committee. It includes one Member Statement and twenty-three Witness Testimonies.

Hearing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation. (April 19, 2013) This hearing was held by the Senate Judiciary Committee. It includes one Member Statement and two Witness Testimonies.

Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013This is the Senate immigration bill, submitted by senators Schumer, McCain, Durbin, Graham, Menendez, Rubio, Bennet and Flake. It is 844 pages.

Summary of Senate Immigration Bill (April 16, 2013) This is the 17 page sumary of the bill expected to be introduced by the Senate's "gang of 8" on April 16. Revised version. Newer versions will be replaced in the link.

Written Testimony of U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. (April 23, 2013) This is testimony from Janet Napolitano for a Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing titled "The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744".

Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. This is the 844-page Senate immigration reform bill.

Outline of Senate Immigration Bill  Here is the 17 page summary of the Senate immigration reform bill to be introduced on April 16, 2013.

Obama Administration Legislative Drafts

USA Today received leaked drafts of immigration reform legislation and shared the summaries on Feb. 17, and subsequently, the drafts of three sections of the legislation concerning the border, legalization and worksite enforcement were also made public. We are in the process of reviwing the drafts and will provide a brief summary and analysis shortly.

White House immigration plan offers path to residency (USA Today, Feb. 17, 2013)

'Leaked' Legislative Drafts from the White House:

 

Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (January 28, 2013). Released by Senators Schumer, McCain, Durbin, Graham, Menendez, Rubio, Bennet, and Flake.

President Obama's Remarks on Immigration Reform (January 29, 2013). Presented at event in Las Vegas, NV.

White House Fact Sheet on Immigration Reform (January 29, 2013). Released in conjunction with President Obama's remarks on immigration reform in Las Vegas.

Directory of House Judiciary Committee Members (including members of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security)

Directory of Senate Judiciary Committee Members (including members of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security)

2013 US Congressional Calendar. Check the calendar for dates when the House and/or Senate are not in session in Washington and legislators are likely to be in their home districts and states.