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  • Rep. Shuler Introduces the “SAVE Act” (H.R. 4088) (Updated 1/11/08) (11/9/2007)
    On 11/06/07, Representative Heath Shuler (D-NC) introduced an enforcement bill entitled the “Secure America Through Verification and Enforcement Act of 2007’’ (H.R. 4088). AILA Doc. No. 07110961.
    AILA Doc. No. 07110961.
  • Enforcement Bills introduced into the House and Senate (11/2/2007)
    On 11/01/07 two border enforcement bills were introduced into the Congress: H.R. 4065 and S. 2294. Both broadly call for enhanced border security and stricter enforcement of current immigration laws. AILA Doc. No. 07110269.
    AILA Doc. No. 07110269.
  • H-1B Fee Increase and Recapture of Green Cards Provisions Stricken from Conference Report (11/2/2007)
    On 11/01/07, during a conference between House and Senate conferees to reconcile their respective versions of the Labor-HHS-Education (H.R. 3043) and the Military Construction-VA (H.R. 2642) appropriations measures, two major provisions have been reportedly stricken. AILA Doc. No. 07110262.
    AILA Doc. No. 07110262.
  • Cloture Vote on DREAM Act (S. 2205) Fails (10/25/2007)
    On 10/24/07, the Senate failed to garner the 60 votes needed to move forward with debate on the DREAM Act (S. 2205). AILA Doc. No. 07102560.
    AILA Doc. No. 07102560.
  • Two Immigration-Related Amendments Attached to Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill (H.R. 3043) (10/24/2007)
    On the evening of 10/23/07, during debate on the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2008 (H.R. 3043) two significant immigration-related amendments were passed by voice vote. AILA Doc. No. 07102467.
    AILA Doc. No. 07102467.
  • The DREAM Act of 2007 Frequently Asked Questions(167 KB - 10/23/2007)
    This FAQ from the American Immigration Law Foundation debunks popular myths about the DREAM Act by providing facts about how this bill would not: jump start chain migration; hurt the U.S. economy; or put U.S. born students at a disadvantage. AILA Doc. No. 07102374.
    AILA Doc. No. 07102374.
  • Section-by-section Analysis of the DREAM Act of 2007 (S. 2205)(50 KB - 10/23/2007)
    Short section-by-section analysis of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2007 or DREAM Act (S. 2205) introduced on 10/18/07 by Senator Durbin (D-IL). AILA Doc. No. 07102372.
    AILA Doc. No. 07102372.
  • Senate Considered Two Immigration Amendments to CJS Appropriations Bill (10/17/2007)
    On 10/16/07, the Senate considered two immigration related amendments to the Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill (H.R. 3093). AILA Doc. No. 07101766.
    AILA Doc. No. 07101766.
  • Senator Durbin Introduces DREAM Act (9/21/2007)
    On 9/21/07, Senator Durbin (D-IL) introduced the DREAM Act (S.A. 2919) as an amendment to the defense authorization bill (H.R. 1585). AILA Doc. 07092169.
    AILA Doc. No. 07092169.
  • Text of the DREAM Act of 2007 Amendment (S.A. 2919)(554 KB - 9/21/2007)
    Text of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2007 or DREAM Act (S.A. 2919) as introduced by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) on 9/21/07. The DREAM Act was introduced as an amendment to the defense authorization bill (H.R. 1585). AILA Doc. No. 07092163.
    AILA Doc. No. 07092163.
  • Section-by-section analysis of the Immigration Enforcement and Border Security Act of 2007 (S.1984) (9/14/2007)
    Section-by-section analysis of the Immigration Enforcement and Border Security Act of 2007 (S. 1984) as introduced by Sen. Kyl (R-AZ) on 8/2/07. AILA Doc. No. 07091463.
    AILA Doc. No. 07091463.
  • Text of the Immigration Enforcement and Border Security Act of 2007 (S.1984)(593 KB - 8/2/2007)
    Text of the Immigration Enforcement and Border Security Act of 2007 (S.1984) as introduced by Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) on 8/2/07. This bill aims to increase border security and immigration enforcement through a series of border control, interior enforcement and worksite enforcement provisions. AILA Doc. No. 07080290
    AILA Doc. No. 07080290.
  • Text of the Save Our Small and Seasonal Business Act of 2007 (S. 988/H.R 1843) (8/6/2007)
    Text of the Save Our Small and Seasonal Business Act of 2007 (S. 988/H.R. 1843). This bill would extend the termination date for the exemption of returning workers from the numerical limitations for H-2B temporary workers. AILA Doc. No. 07080660.
    AILA Doc. No. 07080660.
  • Section-by-Section Analysis of the Secure Borders FIRST Act of 2007 (H.R. 2954)(152 KB - 8/6/2007)
    Section-by-section analysis of the Secure Borders FIRST Act (H.R. 2954) which seeks to increase border patrol authorities, stiffen employer sanctions, limit due process protections for non-citizens, reform the H-2A program, and make English the official language of the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 07080673.
    AILA Doc. No. 07080673.
  • Text of House Joint Resolution to Void the Recent Increase in Immigration Fees by USCIS(31 KB - 7/31/2007)
    Text of the House joint resolution disapproving the rule submitted to Congress by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on June 6, 2007, relating to the adjustment of the Immigration and Naturalization Benefit Application and petition fee schedule, as introduced by Rep. Lofgren (D-San Jose) on 7/31/07. AILA Doc. No. 07073168.
    AILA Doc. No. 07073168.
  • House Passes Bill Extending TPS Eligibility for Liberians (7/31/2007)
    On 7/30/07, the House passed a measure (H.R. 3123) introduced by Representative Kennedy (D-R.I.) that extends the designation of Liberia under section 244 of the INA, thereby allowing Liberians to continue being eligible for temporary protected status through September 30, 2008. The bill now proceeds to the Senate for consideration. AILA Doc. No. 07073169.
    AILA Doc. No. 07073169.
  • Rep. Lofgren Introduces Bill to Void Immigration Fee Increases (Updated 8/24/07) (7/31/2007)
    On 7/31, Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) announced that she was introducing a bill to the House of Representatives to void the recent increase in immigration fees by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). AILA Doc. No. 07073171.
    AILA Doc. No. 07073171.
  • Senate Rejects Graham Immigration Enforcement Amendment (7/25/2007)
    On 7/25/07, thanks in part to the swift action of AILA advocates, the Senate rejected a harsh immigration enforcement amendment proposed by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (S. 1644/H.R. 2638). AILA Doc. No. 07072540.
    AILA Doc. No. 07072540.
  • Defense Authorization, Immigration Amendments Postponed (7/23/2007)
    On 7/18/07, Senator Reid (D-NV) pulled the Defense Authorization bill from the floor until after the August recess. Two positive immigration-related amendments to bill - the DREAM and Habeas Corpus Restoration amendments – may also be off the table until September. AILA Doc. No. 07072365.
    AILA Doc. No. 07072365.
  • Text of the Secure Borders for Integrity, Reform, Safety and Anti-Terrorism (FIRST) Act of 2007 (H.R. 2954) (7/10/2007)
    Text of the Secure Borders for Integrity, Reform, Safety and Anti-Terrorism (FIRST) Act of 2007 (H.R. 2954) as introduced by Rep. King (R-N.Y.) on 7/10/07. AILA Doc. No. 07071090.
    AILA Doc. No. 07071090.
  • Text of the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act as Introduced in the House (H.R. 1416)(35 KB - 7/5/2007)
    Text of the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007 (H.R. 1416), as introduced by Representative Nadler (D-NY) on 3/8/07. This bill would restore habeas corpus for those detained by the U.S. and repeal the prohibition on treaty obligations establishing grounds for certain claims. Senator Specter (R-PA) introduced a similar bill (S. 185) in the Senate. AILA Doc. No. 07070569.
    AILA Doc. No. 07070569.
  • Text of the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act as Introduced in the Senate (S. 185)(37 KB - 7/5/2007)
    Text of the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007 (S. 185), as introduced by Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) on 1/4/07. This bill would restore habeas corpus for those detained by the United States. A similar bill (H.R. 1416) was introduced in the House by Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). AILA Doc. No. 07070568.
    AILA Doc. No. 07070568.
  • Draft Summary of Durbin H-1B and L Provisions in McCaskill Amendment to S. 1639(31 KB - 6/27/2007)
    Draft summary of Senator Durbin’s modified H-1B and L visa provisions contained in the McCaskill Amendment (Division XII, p. 247) to S. 1639. These provisions would impose new restrictions and requirements on employers who use the H-1B and L visa programs. AILA Doc. No. 07062740.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062740.
  • CIR Daily Update 6/27/07: Senate Tables Five Amendments; Preserves Amendment to Eliminate REAL ID Provisions(28 KB - 6/27/2007)
    On 6/27/07, the Senate tabled five amendments, including amendments to accelerate “touchback” for Z visa applicants, expand legalization eligibility requirements, and prevent Z visa holders from getting green cards. Majority Leader Reid announced that a cloture vote to end debate would take place Thursday morning. AILA Doc. No. 07062741.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062741.
  • Eight Priority Amendments to S. 1639(41 KB - 6/27/2007)
    List of eight priority amendments that must be supported or opposed to protect and improve the family, business, and due process provisions in the Senate immigration bill (S. 1639). Includes brief summaries and AILA’s position on each amendment. AILA Doc. No. 07062768.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062768.
  • List of Pending Amendments to S. 1639 (Updated 6/27/07, 7:15 pm)(105 KB - 6/27/2007)
    A list of the 27 amendments contained in the negotiated “clay pigeon” amendment package offered to S. 1639. Includes brief summaries and AILA’s position on each amendment. AILA Doc. No. 07062643.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062643.
  • CIR Daily Update 6/26/07: Senate Votes to Reopen Debate on Amendments (6/26/2007)
    On 6/26/07, the Senate passed a cloture motion to reopen debate on the CIR bill ( reintroduced as S. 1639). Senator Reid introduced a "clay pigeon" amendment containing a negotiated package of the 27 amendments agreed by both parties to be considered during floor debate. AILA Doc. No. 07062645.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062645.
  • Text of “Clay Pigeon” Amendment Package to S. 1639(582 KB - 6/26/2007)
    Text of the negotiated package of amendments to S. 1639 to be considered on the Senate Floor. This package of amendments has been filed as a single "clay pigeon" amendment that will eventually be broken into pieces for debate and votes. AILA Doc. No. 07062669.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062669.
  • Procedural Overview for Senate Debate – June 27-29, 2007(14 KB - 6/26/2007)
    AILA’s quick overview of Senate procedure for debate on S. 1639 for June 27-29, 2007. AILA Doc. No. 07062644.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062644.
  • Roll Call Votes on Procedural Motion to Begin Debate on S. 1639 (6/26/2007)
    On 6/26/07, the Senate voted 64-35 to begin consideration of the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1639). Technically, senators voted on a motion to invoke cloture (to limit debate) on the motion to proceed to consider the bill. Find out how your senators voted on the official Senate website. AILA Doc. No. 07062666.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062665.
  • Summary of the Cantwell Amendment (p. 262) to S. 1639(45 KB - 6/26/2007)
    AILA’s summary of the Cantwell Amendment to S. 1639. This amendment would make improvements to the H-1B provisions in S. 1639. It would also phase out the employer-sponsored green system over five years, rather than implement an untested point system immediately. AILA Doc. No. 07062642.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062642.
  • Summary of Graham-Kyl-Martinez “Omnibus” Amendment(100 KB - 6/26/2007)
    Summary of the Graham-Kyl-Martinez Amendment to S. 1639, which would impose mandatory detention and a permanent bar on relief for visa overstays, and would require a “touchback” prior to Z visa status, among other provisions. AILA Doc. No. 07062640.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062640.
  • Senate to Vote Tuesday, 6/26/07 to Proceed with CIR Debate (6/25/2007)
    The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday, 6/26/07, on a motion to proceed with the immigration bill (S. 1639). If the motion passes, senators will begin debate on a negotiated list of 24 amendments and could take a critical procedural vote on Thursday. AILA Doc. No. 07062565.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062565.
  • Summary of Key New Worker Provisions in S. 1639 (6/21/2007)
    AILA’s summary of the new worker (Y visa) program proposed in the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1639). AILA Doc. No. 07062168.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062168.
  • Summary of Key Business Immigration Provisions in S. 1639 (6/21/2007)
    AILA’s summary of key provisions affecting business immigration in the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1639). AILA Doc. No. 07062167.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062167.
  • Summary of Key Legalization Provisions in S. 1639 (6/21/2007)
    AILA’s summary of the earned legalization program for the current undocumented population proposed in the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1639). AILA Doc. No. 07062166.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062166.
  • Summary of Key Family Immigration Provisions in S. 1639 (6/21/2007)
    AILA’s summary of key provisions affecting family-based immigration in the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1639). AILA Doc. No. 07062165.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062165.
  • Text of the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Reform Act (S. 1639)(1040 KB - 6/19/2007)
    Text of the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1639), as introduced by Senator Kennedy on 6/18/07. This bill contains the text of the Kennedy-Specter substitute amendment to S. 1348, as amended during Senate floor debate on 5/23/07-6/7/07. AILA Doc. No. 07061960.
    AILA Doc. No. 07061960.
  • Grand Bargainers Revive Senate Immigration Reform Bill (6/15/2007)
    On 6/15/07, the bipartisan group of Senate “grand bargainers” reached an agreement to return the CIR bill (S. 1348) to the floor for a final round of debate in late June. Senators will likely vote on a negotiated amendments package before proceeding to a final passage vote. AILA Doc. No. 07061566.
    AILA Doc. No. 07061566.
  • Chart of CIR Amendments under Consideration in the Senate (Updated 6/7/07)(45 KB - 6/7/2007)
    Chart of amendments offered to the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Reform Act (S. 1348). Includes a brief summary and status of each amendment and AILA’s position where available. AILA Doc. No. 07050440.
    AILA Doc. No. 07050440.
  • CIR Daily Update 6/7/07: Cloture Vote Fails; Reid Pulls Bill From Senate Consideration(38 KB - 6/7/2007)
    On 6/7/07, following two unsuccessful motions to invoke cloture and end debate, Majority Leader Reid withdrew the comprehensive immigration reform bill from consideration on the Senate floor. AILA Doc. No. 07060740.
    AILA Doc. No. 07060740.
  • CIR Daily Update 6/6/07: Senate Votes on 21 Amendments(57 KB - 6/6/2007)
    On 6/6/07, the Senate continued consideration of amendments to the CIR bill (S. 1348) 21 amendments were voted on. Several key amendments were passed, while others failed. A vote on the cloture motion is set take place on 6/7/07. AILA Doc. No. 07060640.
    AILA Doc. No. 07060640.
  • CIR Daily Update 6/5/07: Allard Amendment Defeated; Cloture Motion Filed(37 KB - 6/5/2007)
    On 6/5/07, the Senate resumed consideration of amendments to the CIR bill (S. 1348). An amendment from Senator Allard (R-CO) to eliminate the separate point schedule for Z visa holders failed. A motion to invoke cloture was filed by Majority Leader Reid. AILA Doc. No. 07060540.
    AILA Doc. No. 07060540.
  • CIR Daily Update 6/4/07: Debate Resumes; Reid Urges Passage of Bill This Week(31 KB - 6/4/2007)
    On 6/4/07, the Senate resumed consideration of amendments to the CIR bill (S. 1348). Four amendments were agreed to by Unanimous Consent. Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) stressed that he would like a bill to pass by the end of this week. AILA Doc. No. 07060441.
    AILA Doc. No. 07060441.
  • Top 5 Concerns Regarding Employment-Based Immigration in S. 1348(51 KB - 5/31/2007)
    AILA has identified a list of the top five concerns that must be addressed in order to achieve meaningful reform of the employment-based immigration system under the immigration reform bill currently under consideration in the Senate. AILA Doc. No. 07053170.
    AILA Doc. No. 07053170.
  • Draft Text of Sanders Amendment to S. 1348(28 KB - 5/24/2007)
    Draft text of Sen. Sanders’ amendment (#1223) to the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Reform Act (S. 1348). Based on this draft, the amendment would create a new H-1B filing fee of up to $8500 (half that for businesses with less than 25 employees) to fund a new scholarship program administered by the National Science Foundation. AILA Doc. No. 07052469.
    AILA Doc. No. 07052469.
  • Text of the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Reform Act (S. 1348)(1004 KB - 5/24/2007)
    Text of the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1348), the comprehensive immigration reform bill under consideration in the Senate. Technically, this is the text of amendment #1150 offered by Senators Reid and Kennedy on 5/21/07 to replace the previous contents of S. 1348 with the negotiated CIR proposal. AILA Doc. No. 07052464.
    AILA Doc. No. 07052464.
  • CIR Daily Update 5/24/07: Debate Continues; Important Amendments Voted On(45 KB - 5/24/2007)
    On 5/24/07, the Senate resumed consideration of the CIR bill (S. 1348). Amendments to allow local officials to inquire on immigration status, to sunset the new worker program were defeated, and to prevent legalization for the undocumented were defeated. AILA Doc. No. 05072440.
    AILA Doc. No. 05072440.
  • Text of the Coleman Amendment to S. 1348(43 KB - 5/23/2007)
    Text of the Coleman Amendment (#1158) to S. 1348, the Senate comprehensive immigration reform bill. This amendment would allow any government entity to inquire about an individual’s immigration status if the person seeking such information has probable cause to believe the individual is not lawfully present. AILA Doc. No. 07052341
    AILA Doc. No. 07052341.
  • Text of the Cornyn Amendment to S. 1348(313 KB - 5/23/2007)
    Text of the Cornyn Amendment (#1184) to S. 1348, the Senate comprehensive immigration reform bill. This amendment would expand restrictions on immigration benefits and due process. AILA opposes this amendment. AILA Doc. No. 07052340.
    AILA Doc. No. 07052340.
  • CIR Daily Update 5/23/07: Debate Resumes; Troubling Amendments Introduced(34 KB - 5/23/2007)
    On 5/23/07, the Senate resumed consideration of the CIR bill (S. 1348). Two amendments were passed, Sen. Feinstein’s on unaccompanied alien children and Sen. Bingaman’s to halve Y visa numbers. Two amendments by Sens. Cornyn and Coleman are slated for later consideration. AILA Doc. No. 07052342.
    AILA Doc. No. 07052342.
  • CIR Daily Update 5/22/07: Debate Begins, Dorgan Amendment Defeated (5/22/2007)
    On 5/22/07, the Senate began formal debate and consideration of amendments to S. 1348. The Senate defeated the Dorgan/Boxer amendment to eliminate the Y visa new worker program. AILA Doc. No. 07052240.
    AILA Doc. No. 07052240.
  • Section-by-Section Summary of the Senate “Grand Bargain” Bill(449 KB - 5/21/2007)
    Section-by-section summary of the Senate “grand bargain” CIR legislation (substitute amendment for S. 1348), prepared by AILA with the assistance of Marc Rosenblum and Kerri Sherlock. This summary is a working draft. AILA Doc. No. 07052172.
    AILA Doc. No. 07052172.
  • CIR Daily Update 5/21/07: Senate Votes to Proceed with Floor Debate (5/21/2007)
    On 5/21/07, the Senate voted to begin formal consideration of CIR legislation, and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) agreed to extend debate by one week after the Memorial Day recess. Consideration of amendments is expected to begin on 5/22/07. AILA Doc. No. 07052140.
    AILA Doc. No. 07052140.
  • CIR Daily Update 5/20/07: Procedural Vote Scheduled for Monday (5/21/2007)
    On 5/21/07 the Senate will vote to proceed with consideration of the bipartisan Senate immigration reform “bargain.” AILA believes this “bargain” is unacceptable and unworkable but we will work to improve it as much as possible during Senate floor debate this week. AILA Doc. No. 07052174.
    AILA Doc. No. 07052174.
  • Top 5 Concerns with Senate “Grand Bargain” Bill (Updated 5/23/07) (5/20/2007)
    The Senate “Grand Bargain” bill that will be debated on the Senate floor starting Monday, May 21, contains several unacceptable and unworkable provisions that must be addressed before any bill is passed in the Senate. AILA Doc. No. 07052060.
    AILA Doc. No. 07052060.
  • Senate CIR Negotiators Announce Unworkable “Grand Bargain,” Action Needed! (5/17/2007)
    On 5/17/07, a group of Democratic and Republican senators announced that their backroom negotiations had produced a "grand bargain." The deal, as described, raises major concerns. Please call your senators today! AILA Doc. No. 07051761.
    AILA Doc. No. 07051761.
  • Summary of Senate "Grand Bargain" (5/17/2007)
    AILA’s summary of the "Grand Bargain" deal negotiated on 5/17/07 in the Senate with respect to immigration "reform." AILA Doc. No. 07051768.
    AILA Doc. No. 07051768.
  • Senator Reid Postpones Procedural Vote on CIR (5/17/2007)
    On 5/15/07, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) agreed to a second postponement of a critical procedural vote on comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) legislation until 5/21/07. AILA Doc. No. 07051760.
    AILA Doc. No. 07051760.
  • Latest Draft of Senate Immigration Bill (5/19/2007)
    Latest draft of the Senate "grand bargain" bill. Please keep tuned to AILA InfoNet for updates and please contact your Senators to tell them why this bill in its present form is unacceptable and unworkable. AILA Doc. No. 07051960.
    AILA Doc. No. 07051960.
  • Text of the Uniting American Families Act of 2007(76 KB - 5/14/2007)
    Text of the Uniting American Families Act of 2007 (H.R. 2221/S. 1328), as introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) on 5/8/07. This bill would allow citizens and legal residents in same-sex relationships to sponsor their partners for immigration purposes. AILA Doc. No. 07051410.
    AILA Doc. No. 07051410.
  • Rep. Nadler and Sen. Leahy Introduce the Uniting American Families Act (5/10/2007)
    On 5/8/07, Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Uniting American Families Act of 2007 (H.R. 2221/S. 1328). This bill would allow citizens and legal residents in same-sex relationships to sponsor their partners for immigration purposes. AILA Doc. No. 07051060.
    AILA Doc. No. 07051060.
  • CIR Negotiations Reach “Make or Break” Point in Senate (5/10/2007)
    Negotiations on comprehensive immigration reform continue between a White House-led group of Republican senators and a Kennedy-led group of Democratic senators, but they have not yet yielded any substantive agreement. AILA Doc. No. 07051062.
    AILA Doc. No. 07051062.
  • Text of the Immigrant Accountability Act of 2007(96 KB - 5/4/2007)
    Text of the Immigrant Accountability Act of 2007 (S. 1225), as introduced by Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) on 4/26/07. This bill would establish a process for aliens who meet certain conditions to be granted permanent resident status. AILA Doc. No. 07050464.
    AILA Doc. No. 07050464.
  • Text of S. 1104 to Provide Special Immigrant Status to Iraqi and Afghani Translators(39 KB - 4/18/2007)
    Text of S. 1104, a bill to increase the number of Iraqi and Afghani translators and interpreters who may be admitted to the United States as special immigrants, as passed by the Senate on 4/12/07. The bill was introduced by Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN). AILA Doc. No. 07041865.
    AILA Doc. No. 07041865.
  • Text of the SKIL Act of 2007(56 KB - 4/16/2007)
    Text of the Securing Knowledge, Innovation and Leadership (SKIL) Act of 2007 (S. 1083), as introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) on 4/10/07. Representative John Shadegg (R-AZ) introduced a nearly identical bill (H.R. 1930) in the House on 4/18/07. AILA Doc. No. 07041670.
    AILA Doc. No. 07041670.
  • Section-by-Section Summary of the STRIVE Act (Working Draft, Updated 4/16/07)(608 KB - 4/16/2007)
    Section-by-section summary of the Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy (STRIVE) Act of 2007 (H.R. 1645), prepared by AILA and the National Immigration Forum. This summary is a working draft. AILA Doc. No. 07040466.
    AILA Doc. No. 07040466.
  • Text of the High-Tech Worker Relief Act of 2007(28 KB - 4/13/2007)
    Text of the High-Tech Worker Relief Act of 2007 (S. 1092), as introduced by Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) on 4/11/07. The bill would temporarily increase the number of visas available to certain highly skilled workers. AILA Doc. No. 07041369.
    AILA Doc. No. 07041369.
  • SKIL Act, H-1B Bills Introduced (Updated 4/30/07) (4/13/2007)
    On 4/10/07, Senator Cornyn (R-TX) reintroduced the SKIL Act (S. 1083), and on 4/11/07, Senator Hagel (R-NE) introduced the High-Tech Worker Relief Act (S. 1092). These high-skilled immigration relief and reform bills followed the introduction on 3/29/07 of the H-1B and L-1 Visa Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act (S. 1035) by Senator Durbin (D-IL). AILA Doc. No. 07041363.
    AILA Doc. No. 07041363.
  • Text of the H–1B and L–1 Visa Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act(88 KB - 4/13/2007)
    Text of the H–1B and L–1 Visa Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act of 2007 (S. 1035), as introduced by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) on 3/29/07. AILA Doc. No. 07041368.
    AILA Doc. No. 07041368.
  • White House Circulates Draft Immigration Reform Principles (4/13/2007)
    During the week of 3/26/07, the White House circulated a set of draft principles for CIR which were leaked to the media. They do not amount to a full proposal, but rather reflect the outcome of preliminary negotiations between the White House and Congressional Republicans. AILA Doc. No. 07041364.
    AILA Doc. No. 07041364.
  • Text of the STRIVE Act of 2007(1924 KB - 3/23/2007)
    Text of the Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy (STRIVE) Act of 2007 (H.R. 1645), a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill introduced on 3/22/07 by Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ). AILA Doc. No. 07032311.
    AILA Doc. No. 07032311.
  • Reps. Gutierrez and Flake Introduce Bipartisan STRIVE Act (3/23/2007)
    On 3/22/07, Representatives Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy (STRIVE) Act of 2007 (H.R. 1645), a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill. AILA Doc. No. 07032312.
    AILA Doc. No. 07032312.
  • Longer Summary of the STRIVE Act of 2007(183 KB - 3/22/2007)
    A 12-page summary of the Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy (STRIVE) Act of 2007, a bipartisan CIR bill introduced on 3/22/07 by Reps. Gutierrez (D-IL) and Flake (R-AZ). This summary was produced by congressional staff. AILA Doc. No. 07032265.
    AILA Doc. No. 07032265.
  • Brief Overview of the STRIVE Act of 2007(63 KB - 3/22/2007)
    Brief overview of the Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy (STRIVE) Act of 2007, a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill introduced on 3/22/07 by Reps. Gutierrez (D-IL) and Flake (R-AZ). This overview was produced by congressional staff. AILA Doc. No. 07032264.
    AILA Doc. No. 07032264.
  • Text of the Haitian Protection Act of 2007(47 KB - 1/20/2007)
    Text of the Haitian Protection Act of 2007 (H.R. 522), introduced by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) on 1/17/2007. The bill would render nationals of Haiti eligible for temporary protected status. AILA Doc. No. 07032040.
    AILA Doc. No. 07032040.
  • Text of the Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007(48 KB - 3/9/2007)
    Text of the Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007 (S. 795/H.R. 1379), introduced on 3/7/07 by Senator Barak Obama (D-IL) and Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL). The bill would authorize U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to request and receive appropriations, thereby alleviating the need for proposed increases in immigration fees. AILA Doc. No. 07030976.
    AILA Doc. No. 07030976.
  • Senate Rejects Cloture on Cornyn Amendment to 9/11 Bill (3/9/2007)
    On 3/8/07, the Senate rejected Sen. Cornyn’s (R-TX) amendment to the 9/11 bill (S. 4) by voting not to invoke cloture. The amendment would have undermined judicial review, permitted indefinite detention, and criminalized activities protected by the First Amendment. AILA Doc. No. 07030970.
    AILA Doc. No. 07030970.
  • Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007 Introduced in Both Chambers (3/8/2007)
    On 3/7/07, Senator Barak Obama (D-IL) and Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) introduced the Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007 (S. 795/H.R. 1379). The bill would authorize U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to request and receive appropriations, thereby alleviating the need for proposed increases in immigration fees. AILA Doc. No. 07030874.
    AILA Doc. No. 07030874.
  • Text of the DREAM Act of 2007 (S. 774)(54 KB - 3/7/2007)
    Text of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2007 (S. 774), introduced on 3/6/07 by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), on behalf of himself and Representatives Hagel (R-NE), Lugar (R-IN), Kennedy (D-MA), Leahy (D-VT), Feingold (D-WI), Obama (D-IL), Lieberman (I-CT), Craig (R-ID), Crapo (R-ID), and McCain (R-AZ). AILA Doc. NO. 07030768.
    AILA Doc. No. 07030768.
  • DREAM Act Reintroduced in Both Chambers (3/7/2007)
    On 3/6/07, Sen. Durbin (D-IL) introduced the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2007 (S. 774) in the Senate. On 3/1/07, Representative Berman introduced similar legislation, the American Dream Act (H.R. 1275), in the House. AILA Doc. No. 07030769.
    AILA Doc. No. 07030769.
  • Text of the American Dream Act(65 KB - 3/5/2007)
    Text of the American Dream Act (H.R. 1275), introduced on 3/1/07 by Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), on behalf of himself and Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA). AILA Doc. No. 07030564.
    AILA Doc. No. 07030564.
  • Senate Passes Amendment on Employment of Undocumented Immigrants (1/31/2007)
    On 1/25/07, the Senate passed an amendment to the minimum wage bill (H.R. 2) barring companies that employ undocumented immigrants from receiving government contracts. Sen. Sessions’ (R-AL) amendment would exempt employers who participate in the Basic Pilot program. AILA Doc. No. 07013110.
    AILA Doc. No. 07013110.
  • AgJOBS Reintroduced in Congress (1/16/2007)
    On 1/10/07, Senators Kennedy (D-MA), Feinstein (D-CA), and Craig (R-ID) and Representatives Berman (D-CA) and Cannon (R-UT) introduced the Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security (AgJOBS) Act of 2007 (S.237/H.R. 371). The bill would provide earned adjustment for current undocumented agricultural workers and reform the H-2A visa program. AILA Doc. No. 07011668.
    AILA Doc. No. 07011668.
  • AgJOBS Re-filed in Senate with Additional Cosponsors, New Bill Number (1/19/2007)
    On 1/18/07, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) re-filed the Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security (AgJOBS) Act of 2007 as S. 340. The substance of the legislation remains unchanged, but the re-filed bill includes 11 additional “original cosponsors.” AILA Doc. No. 07011964.
    AILA Doc. No. 07011964.
  • Text of the Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits, and Security (AgJOBS) Act of 2007(234 KB - 1/17/2007)
    Text of the Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits, and Security (AgJOBS) Act of 2007 (H.R. 371), introduced on 1/10/07 by Rep. Berman (D-CA). An identical bill (S. 340) was introduced in the Senate on 1/18/07 by Senator Feinstein (D-CA). AILA Doc. No. 07011761.
    AILA Doc. No. 07011761.
  • Text of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 “Placeholder” Bill(24 KB - 1/8/2007)
    Text of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S. 9), as introduced on 1/4/07 by Senator Reid (D-NV). This short “Sense of the Congress” legislation will be replaced in the coming weeks with a full comprehensive immigration reform proposal. AILA Doc. No. 07010863.
    AILA Doc. No. 07010863.
 
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