The following comments are based on a quick preliminary look at the 19-page summary of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 which was released on April 16. They are first impressions only. More detailed comments will appear in future posts, based not only on this summary, but on a reading of the full text of the bill, which has also been released.
Based on a first impression of the summary, there is a great deal to like in the bill, as well as some things not to like. As a whole, the bill appears to be a carefully thought out and sincere attempt to bring our immigration system in line with the needs of 21st -century America, by providing up to 11 million unauthorized immigrants (as well as some of their family members who have already been deported!) a fair chance to live and work in the US in provisional legal status in the US, as well as to travel in and out of the country.
Immigrants in provisional status would be allowed to apply for green cards after 10 years, but there are serious questions about how many of them would actually get green cards, or when.