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  • Article: House Democrats Introduce Immigration Bill by Ann Cun

    House Democrats Introduce Immigration Bill

    by Ann Cun

    Tired of waiting and the stall tactics, the House Democrats introduced their version of a comprehensive immigration reform bill, H.R.15 earlier this month.  Perhaps it was the federal government shutdown or the October blues, but the announcement seemed to have barely made a ripple with politicians preoccupied with other, more pressing events.

    Immigration Bill H.R.15

    The House CIR bill, H.R.15 largely mirrors the bipartisan Senate immigration bill, S.744.  Introduced on October 2, 2013, the House bill is 1137 pages long.  Key players in the drafting of the bill included the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the New Democrat Coalition, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the Democratic caucus, as reported here.

    One of the key provisions in the bill is to provide a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants currently in the country illegally, conditioned on many requirements having first been met.  The pathway to citizenship allowance though is sure to draw opposition from House Republicans.

    The substantive changes in the bill, however, include beefed up provisions related to border security, including:

    • Border security metrics goals (Section 4)
    • Border security results strategy (Section 6)
    • Implementation of U.S.-VISIT (Section 7)
    • Alternative model for border security strategy development (Section 8)

    The border security measures in the House bill would take a strategic approach by placing the onus on the Department of Homeland Security to develop a detailed plan to reach a “90% apprehension” rate for illegal border crossings within a finite period from the enactment of the bill into law.

    So far, the bill has received a majority of support from House Democrats (120), with some (moderate) House Republicans expressing “openness” to the idea of a House CIR bill.  We’ll have to see how the bill evolves in light of the debt ceiling debate and the federal government shutdown.

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    Originally published by LawLogix Group Inc Reprinted with permission.

    About The Author

    Ann Cun is a U.S. based immigration attorney who has helped companies in the technology, science, business, sports, entertainment and arts fields secure complex work visas for their employees. With more than a decade of experience as a paralegal and attorney, Ms. Cun possesses a stellar record of success. Her legal expertise also includes conducting internal I-9 audits for companies and developing I-9 compliant strategies and solutions. She is a graduate of UCLA and UC Hastings School of Law and has been invited to speak by the Bar Association of San Francisco and the American Immigration Lawyers Association on U.S. immigration related topics, as well as other international conferences. Ms. Cun is a contributing author and currently serves as Counsel and Principal Editor for LawLogix Group.

    The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) alone and should not be imputed to ILW.COM.
    Comments 1 Comment
    1. Congen's Avatar
      Congen -
      You are like me or your parents are, you should have under stand that what the laws reads you may be right and like wise all immigration candidates are right, since they always talk in his/her favor. like you are talking.
      If you have so much love for this kind of peoples the Law should not passed. If you could know what Mr. Ronald Ragan had done to this country. when he had approved the Immigration Bill of 1986, he said that there will be no more immigration in this country.
      Now after 27 years the peoples had come and over stated in this country. Since the USCIS and the Department are not working what they should have done top save this country, what had happened since 9/11, being an Attorney you should know and you should not be the part of this game, what the government is playing with the public who voted for them.
      Do you think they are honest and they will go back to the public, for that was the reason I have not voted for any one in the last election.
      I hope the public should under stand how the Congressman and Santos's play with public which they do not under stand what's going on with this government, who they paly with us.
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