Immigration Reform Update

The Senate Gang of Eight was expected to introduce their immigration bill into the Senate today and had scheduled a press conference to announce it. However, Senators Schumer and McCain anounced that “their bipartisan work on immigration will wait at least a day out of respect for the victims” of the Boston Marathon bombing that occurred yesterday.

Nonetheless, several news sources have released outlines of the bill. These outlines should be considered with a grain of salt as no official legislative language has been released by the Gang of Eight themselves.

The Washington Post reports: “Millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States could earn a chance at citizenship under a sweeping Senate proposal to be released Tuesday that would represent the most ambitious overhaul of the nation’s immigration system in three decades. The highly anticipated proposal from an eight-member bipartisan group also aims to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants into the country by creating tens of thousands of new visas for foreign workers in low-skilled jobs, according to a 17-page summary of the bill obtained by The Washington Post.”

The 17 page outline can be read here: Outline of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.

The bill will likely be introduced on Wednesday, April 17th. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on the bill beginning Friday and likely move to amend and vote on it in May, with action on the Senate floor expected later in the summer.

 

Sources: AILA.org; The Washington Post; Associated Press