Changes Coming to US Immigration Laws

A bipartisan group of Senators is proposing sweeping changes to US Immigration law.


It appears as though the nation’s immigration laws may in for large scale changes.  A bipartisan group of Senators have agreed to general terms to overhaul the country’s current patchwork of laws.  Indeed, much of the group’s changes are expected to have significant overlaps with President Obama’s plan, which he outlined in a trip to Arizona earlier this week.

At this point in time, it appears as though the changes will be focused on four main objectives:

  • Creating some sort of path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already here.  (This would be contingent on increasing border security and implementing a better tracking program for people in the country on visas.)
  • A large scale reformation of the legal immigration system.  (This would include awarding green cards to immigrants who obtain advanced degrees from American higher education institutions.)
  • Developing an effective employment verification system to reduce the number of employers hiring illegal immigrants.
  • Allowing more low-skill workers in to the United States and allowing employers to hire then if they can show that they could not recruit a U.S. citizen.


So far the Senators have only released these general principles, leaving much of the details to be hashed out.  However the largest possibility for partisan disagreement will likely come from the path to citizenship.  The Republicans have publicly stated that in order for them to agree to a simplified path for illegal immigrants to obtain citizenship, they would require heightened border security and better tracking of individuals already here on visas.  This path though would also require the illegal immigrants to apply for a “probationary legal status” that would permit them to live and work here, but would still exclude them from receiving government benefits. 

With much of the details yet to be agreed to, the final outcome of the Senators’ proposals is unclear.  While their main objective is to simplify and streamline the process, it is possible that the partisan negotiating process will do exactly the opposite. 


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Robert Oliveira April 28, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Jack, the whole "spin and lies" thing is the kind of foolishness we expect from Rush and Mark Levin. I'm sorry if the facts disturb you. There is no legal connection between "crime" and "being deported." This is just Jack showing once again that he parrots pretty well but actual definitions elude him. The FBI disagrees with his next point. As a matter of fact, based on class, the actual citizen is more likely to engage in benefit fraud. His attempt at a point is also undermined by economic data from both Alabama and Arizona. His "40%" charge is totally made up fraud not supported by serious research. The fact is that since the economic crisis, most folks here undocumented from Mexico have been returning to Mexico. When a racist gets desperate, we do know they will make things up.
Jack Baillargeron April 28, 2013 at 06:09 PM
"Almost all Illegals entry point"
Jack Baillargeron April 28, 2013 at 06:21 PM
So the "Pew Hispanic Center report" is not based on reseach and they totally made it up lol. They are lying and your not, you are right with no info to back it up. Typical BS. What racism do you see there "Bagdad Bob"? Since when are facts racist. I ask again, Please explain why people are deported if it is not a crime. Just what type of law is broken or is the government just forcing deportation for fun. Wonder why many are kept in a jail and escorted by law enforcement when they are sent back. Wow You make no sense? Let me get this straight, you justify illegals scamming the system by another wrong. It is illegal no matter who does it. By your theory, because legal citizens scam it ( which the government is also a failure at policing) the illegals have the right to do it. According to a Pew Hispanic Center report, Mexicans make up 57 percent of immigrants present in the United States illegally. Another 24 percent are from other Latin American countries. Approximately 9 percent are from Asia, 6 percent from Europe and Canada, with the remaining 4 percent from the rest of the world
Jack Baillargeron April 28, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Pssst I am the Son of a legal Immigrant who followed the rules, fought in World War 2 and took the 7 required years at the timeafter the War, before being allowed to become a Citizen.
Vladimir Galstyan July 03, 2013 at 05:14 AM
The term "illegal immigrant" doesn't exist below law since being unsupported isn't a criminal offense. Therefore, it's not linguistics. on the far side that, as Alabama noticed, following a "deport all strategy" is rash. http://www.immigrationattorney90210.com/


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