Immigration reform is finally here! The Senators who have been working diligently for months, have finally revealed a 17-page outline that will soon become the much anticipated immigration reform bill.
According to the nytimes, the immigration bill “is complicated, full of mechanisms and formulas” that deals with the following:
- Border security
- The allocation of visas
- Methods of employment verification
Some New Proposals on the Immigration Reform Bill that Will Affect the 11 Million Illegal Immigrants
The following are a few of the proposals that stood out to me:
- The bill would allow undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before December 31, 2011, and stayed in the country continuously to apply for "provisional" legal status within six months from enactment. Under this provision, although undocumented immigrants would not be permitted to collect federal benefits, they could however “work safely in the United States and visit their homelands.”
- The bill would allow immigrants to apply for a "green card, or permanent resident status, through an expanded merit-based immigration system” after 10 years.
- The bill would allow the “Homeland Security unfettered access to all federal borderlands.”
- The bill would require “$500 to apply for the first six years of legal status, $500 to renew, then a $1,000 fine.”
- The bill would allow adult migrants who were deported after living in the United States for decades “to apply for re-entry if they were deported for non-criminal reasons and have children, parents or spouses who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.”
There are nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Hopefully this bill will shed some worry off these individuals.
Even though this blueprint is out, I don’t expect to see a final bill anytime soon. There will surely be much change to this blueprint in the months to come.
How do you feel about the changes discussed in the immigration reform blueprint at this point? What would you like to see included or excluded from the final bill?
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