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Congress Adjourns Without Enacting H-1B and EB Relief, AILA Looks to 2007
Congress adjourned on 12/9/06 without passing measures to provide relief from the restrictive H-1B visa cap and employment-based (EB) green card backlogs. However, AILA plans to resume its push for relief in early 2007, when new the Congressional leadership is in place. AILA Doc. No. 06121169.
House Passes Secure Border Initiative Financial Accountability Act of 2006
On 9/28/06, the House passed the Secure Border Initiative Financial Accountability Act of 2006. AILA Doc. No. 06100270.
Defense Authorization Kept Clean of Immigration Enforcement Riders!
On 9/29/06, Conferees on the Defense Authorization bill blocked attempts by House leaders to add immigration enforcement riders to the bill. AILA Doc. No. 06092963.
House Passes Border Tunnel Prevention Act
The House, on 9/21/06, passed a third enforcement bill—the Border Tunnel Prevention Act—by a vote of 422-0. AILA Doc. No. 06092149.
House Passes Measure to Give Local Police Immigration Enforcement Authority, Limit Injunctive Relief
The House, on 9/21/06, passed a second harsh enforcement bill lifted from Rep. Sensenbrenner's H.R. 4437. The measure (H.R. 6095) passed on a vote of 277-140 under a closed rule, which precluded any amendments from being offered on the floor. AILA Doc. No. 06092158.
House Passes Measure to Expand Expedited Removal & Indefinite Detention, Punish Guilt by Association
On 9/21/06, the House passed harsh enforcement legislation (H.R. 6094) lifted from Rep. Sensenbrenner's H.R. 4437 that endangers due process rights and does little to make our nation more secure. AILA Doc. No. 06092175.
Text of the Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2006 (H.R. 4830)
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Text of the Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2006 (H.R. 4830 ), introduced on 3/1/06 by Rep. Dreier (R-CA ) and passed by the House on 9/21/06 by a vote of 422-0. AILA Doc. No. 06092156
Text of the Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006 (H.R. 6095)
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Text of the Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006 (H.R. 6095), introduced on 9/19/06 by Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and passed by the House on 9/21/06 by a vote of 277-140. AILA Doc. No. 06092159.
Text of the Community Protection Act of 2006 (H.R. 6094)
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Text of the Community Protection Act of 2006 (H.R. 6094), introduced on 9/19/06 by Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and passed by the House on 9/21/06 by a vote of 328-95. AILA Doc. No. 06092179.
House Passes Voter I.D. Measure
On 9/20/06, the House passed legislation that would require anyone registering to vote to show photographic proof of U.S. citizenship. The measure (H.R. 4844) passed on a vote of 228-196 under a closed rule, which precluded any amendments from being offered on the floor. AILA Doc. No. 06092140.
Updated Summaries of Rep. Sensenbrenner’s Enforcement-Only Bills Reflecting Reshuffled Bill Content
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AILA’s updated summaries of new enforcement-only bills introduced by Rep. Sensenbrenner on 9/15/06 and repackaged on 9/19/06. The 3 original bills were repackaged as 2, with the tunnel provisions now contained in an existing stand-alone bill. AILA Doc. No. 06092073.
CBPP Explains the Budgetary Impact of S. 2611
On 9/15/06, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities released an analysis of the recent Congressional Budget Office cost estimates for the Senate immigration bill (S. 2611). AILA Doc. No. 06091864.
House Republicans Unveil “Border Security Now” Agenda
On 9/14/06, House Republican leaders announced their “Border Security Now” agenda, a list of 10 border security measures they intend to push through the House before Congress recesses at the end of September. AILA Doc. No. 06091566.
Text of the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (H.R. 6061)
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Text of the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (H.R. 6061). The bill was formally introduced today and will be considered on the House floor tomorrow as the first effort in a series of border security initiatives House Republicans are working to send to President Bush this year. Tomorrow, GOP leaders are expected to unveil additional border security measures. AILA Doc. No. 06091367.
Revised CBO Cost Estimates for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (S. 2611)
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Congressional Budget Office report provides cost estimates for the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (S. 2611) as passed by the Senate on May 26, 2006. This report revises the earlier CBO estimates released before passage of the final bill. AILA Doc. No. 06090762.
CBO Cost Estimate for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (S. 2611)
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Congressional Budget Office report on the potential budgetary and economic impacts of S. 2611, as introduced on April 7, 2006. Includes a 10-year cost estimate and discussion of the bill’s potential impact on Social Security, wages, and federal revenues. AILA Doc. No. 06082163.
Text of the Lebanese Temporary Protected Status Act of 2006
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Text of the Lebanese Temporary Protected Status Act of 2006 (S. 3765), introduced on 7/31/06 by Senator Durbin to direct the designation of Lebanon for TPS under INA section 244(b). AILA Doc. No. 06081162.
Rep. Pence Plans to Introduce the Border Integrity and Immigration Reform Act
Rep. Pence (R-IN) plans to introduce the Border Integrity and Immigration Reform Act—a bill that he describes as “No Amnesty Immigration Reform.” The Pence Plan includes H.R. 4437 in its entirety with only minor changes. AILA Doc. No. 06071011.
The Orantes Injunction and Expedited Removal
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Fact sheet, produced by the National Immigration Law Center, addresses claims by DHS that the Orantes Injunction prevents the expedited removal of Salvadorians and interferes with its attempts to end the policy of catch-and-release. AILA Doc. No. 06090764.
NFAP Study Finds That Estimates of New Immigration Under S. 2611 Are Exaggerated
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An NFAP study finds that many of the “new” immigrants under the Senate bill would already be in the US and would not contribute to a net population increase. It also finds that estimates by Sen. Sessions (R-AL) and the Heritage Foundation of are greatly exaggerated. AILA Doc. No. 06062010.
EWIC’s Side-by-Side Comparison of the Employment Verification Provisions of S. 2611 & H.R. 4437
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EWIC’s side-by-side comparison of the employment verification provisions of the Senate and House comprehensive immigration reform bills (S. 2611 and H.R. 4437). AILA Doc. No. 06061561.
Snapshot of the Hagel/Martinez Compromise (S. 2611), Passed by the Senate on May 25, 2006
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AILA’s brief summary of the 795-page “Hagel/Martinez compromise (S. 2611) passed by the Senate on May 25, 2006. This summary, still a work in progress as we analyze further, will be supplemented by a more comprehensive analysis shortly. AILA Doc. No. 06060966.
Text of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (S. 2611)
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Text of S. 2611, as agreed to by the Senate on 5/25/06. AILA Doc. No. 06060263.
Summary of All Amendments Considered to S. 2611
A list and brief summary of all amendments considered to S. 2611, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006, during Senate Floor debate. AILA Doc. No. 06053065.
Senate Approves Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill
On 5/25/06, the Senate passed S. 2611, the “Hagel-Martinez compromise” immigration bill, paving the way for conference negotiations with the House. The basic architecture of CIR survived intact after nearly 4 weeks of Senate Floor debate and 40 amendment votes. AILA Doc. No. 06052515.
Cloture is Invoked, Final Vote Expected Tomorrow
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On 5/24/06, the Senate voted overwhelmingly (73 to 25) to bring debate on the Hagel-Martinez compromise immigration bill to a close, paving the way for the bill’s likely passage tomorrow. View a full report of today’s proceedings. AILA Doc. No. 06052440.
Senate Votes Down “Orange Card,” Rejects Humanitarian Waiver
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On 5/23/06, the Senate continued debate on S. 2611, rejecting, among other amendments, an “orange card” proposal offered by Sen. Feinstein. A cloture petition was filed last evening, with a cloture vote scheduled for tomorrow morning, and final passage vote on Thursday. AILA Doc. No. 06052340.
Senate Kills Attempt to Alter AgJobs Compromise, Approves Placing National Guard on the Border (Updated 5/23/06)
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On 5/23/06, Senators resumed debate on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (S. 2611). Senators killed an attempt to alter the AgJobs compromise, and approved the use of the National Guard at the border. AILA Doc. No. 06052240.
Information about CIR Injunction-Stripping Provisions
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Information and analysis about the injunction-stripping provisions of S. 2611, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006. AILA Doc. No. 06051940.
Senate Preserves Path to Citizenship for Guest Workers, Restores Ability to Self-Petition
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On 5/18/06, debate continued on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (S. 2611). The Senate defended provisions that provide a path to citizenship for guest workers, and restored language allowing workers to self-petition for permanent residence. AILA Doc. No. 06051840.
Senate Continues Progress on Comprehensive Reform Bill
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On 5/17/06, debate continued on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (S. 2611) (the “Hagel-Martinez compromise”), with debate on a pending amendment by Sens. Kyl and Cornyn. A variety of votes were recorded. AILA Doc. No. 06051740.
Senate Defeats Attempts to Delay Legalization Component, Strike Temporary Worker Program from Bill
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On 5/16/06, debate resumed on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (S. 2611) after a positive speech last night by President Bush that stressed the need for a comprehensive approach to reform. Work on the bill could continue until the Memorial Day recess. AILA Doc. No. 06051641.
List of CIR Amendments Debated in Senate (updated 5/25/06)
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List of amendments likely to be voted on in the current Senate CIR debate. Amendments that AILA has taken a position on are noted accordingly. Outcomes of amendments already voted on are included. This document will be updated as the Senate debate progresses. AILA Doc. No. 06051640.
Senate Begins Debate Anew on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
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On 5/15/06, the Senate began debate on S. 2611, the so-called Hagel-Martinez compromise immigration bill. There were no votes scheduled today, but amendments will be offered and debated over the course of the next several days. AILA Doc. No. 06051541.
Text of the SKIL Bill
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Text of S. 2691, the Securing Knowledge Innovation and Leadership Act of 2006, introduced by Senator Cornyn (R-TX) on 5/2/06. AILA Doc. No. 06050517.
SKIL Bill Key Provisions
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Summary of SKIL Bill key provisions prepared by the American Council on International Personnel for the Compete America coalition, of which AILA is a member. AILA Doc. No. 06050516.
SKIL Bill Comparison Chart
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Chart comparing the SKIL Bill, introduced by Sen. Cornyn (R-TX) on 5/3/06, to other Senate bills, including the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006. Chart prepared by the American Council on International Personnel for the Compete America coalition. AILA Doc. No. 06050461.
Section-by-Section Summary of the SKIL Bill
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Section-by-section summary of the SKIL Bill, introduced by Senator Cornyn (R-TX) on May 3, 2006. Summary prepared by the Compete America coalition, of which AILA is a member. AILA Doc. No. 06050460.
Advisory on Unauthorized Population Numbers from Pew Hispanic Center
The Pew Hispanic Center has issued an advisory on the numbers of undocumented people who would have fallen into the three classes created by the Hagel/Martinez compromise. AILA Doc. No. 06041414.
Text of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006, as Modified in Bipartisan Negotiations During Senate Floor Consideration
S. 2611 and S. 2612 reflect the Hagel-Martinez compromise modifying the Senate Judiciary Committee's immigration reform bill plus a variety of new provisions (including some of the amendments that were pending when the bill was pulled from the Floor by Senator Frist).
American Dream Act Update
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An update on the American Dream Act (H.R. 5131), including action items, prepared by the United We DREAM Coalition. AILA Doc. No.06041140.
Senate Immigration Debate Stalls
The Senate was unable to reach agreement on immigration reform legislation before the two-week spring recess. The immigration debate may be back on the agenda when the Senate returns on April 24. AILA Doc. No. 06040762.
Text of the American Dream Act
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Text of the American Dream Act (H.R. 5131). Introduced on 4/6/06 by Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Howard Berman (D-CA), and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), on behalf of themselves and 9 original cosponsors. AILA Doc. No. 06040643.
Bipartisan DREAM Act Introduced in House
Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Howard Berman (D-CA), and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), on behalf of themselves and 9 original cosponsors, introduced the bipartisan American Dream Act on 4/6/06. The as yet unnumbered bill is virtually identical to its Senate companion bill (S. 2075) with a few minor technical changes.
Senate Passes Two Amendments on Immigration Reform Bill
The Bingaman and Alexander amendments to the Senate immigration reform bill were both agreed to on 4/3/06. AILA Doc. No. 06040410.
Section-by-Section Summary of the Chairman’s Mark, as Amended and Passed by the Judiciary Committee (Updated 4/12/06)
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AILA’s updated section-by-section summary of Chairman Specter’s Mark (the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006), as amended and passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on 3/27/06. AILA Doc. No. 06040360.
Senate Budget Resolution Includes $2 Billion for Interior Enforcement
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The Senate adopted the Fiscal 2007 Senate Budget Resolution (S Con Res 83) by a vote of 51-49 on 3/16/06. Senator Kyl’s proposal to designate $2 billion in immigration- and homeland security-related funding for interior enforcement passed by a voice vote. AILA Doc. No. 06033029.
Immigration Debate Begins on Senate Floor (Updated 3/31/06)
On 3/29/06, immigration debate began on the Senate floor. The Frist bill is the starting point for debate, but Sen. Specter will offer the Judiciary Committee bill as a substitute amendment. There will be cloture votes on both bills on 4/6. AILA Doc. No. 06033010.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006, as Reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee
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Sen. Specter’s Chairman’s Mark, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006, as reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 12-6 on 3/27/06. AILA Doc. No. 06033011.
Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Bill Containing the McCain/Kennedy Earned Adjustment Program
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On 3/27/06, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported out of committee a comprehensive bill that contains the McCain/Kennedy earned adjustment program. The amended Chairman’s Mark is expected to be the bill that Majority Leader Frist brings to the Senate floor. AILA Doc. No. 06032721.
Text of the Securing America’s Borders Act
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Text of the Securing America’s Borders Act (S. 2454), introduced by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) on March 16. AILA Doc. No. 06031764.
Section-by-Section Summary of S 2454, Prepared by Senator Frist’s Office
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A section-by-section summary of the Securing America’s Borders Act (S. 2454), introduced by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) on March 16. The summary was prepared by Frist’s office. AILA Doc. No. 06031766.
Senate Judiciary Committee Begins Debate on the 12 Million but Defers Vote Until After Recess
The Senate Judiciary Committee finally broached the controversial subject of the undocumented population on day five of the Committee’s markup of draft legislation on CIR, but deferred any votes on the subject until after next week’s congressional recess. AILA Doc. No. 06031669.
Senate Judiciary Committee Continues Slow Progress in Markup of Immigration Reform Legislation
The Senate Judiciary Committee continued its markup today of Chairman Specter’s draft bill on CIR, known as the “Chairman’s Mark.” The Committee officially took up the bill on March 2 but has made very slow progress to date. AILA Doc. No. 06031540.
Senate Judiciary Committee Makes Some Headway in Markup, Defers Difficult Questions
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The Senate Judiciary Committee finally began to make some headway today in its markup of Chairman Specter’s draft bill on CIR, known as the “Chairman’s Mark.” We include a brief summary of the amendments that have been addressed thus far. AILA Doc. No. 06030940.
Technical Changes Made to the Chairman’s Mark on 3/6/06
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Memo from Sen. Specter’s office outlining the technical changes made to the Chairman’s Mark on 3/6/06. AILA Doc. No. 06030740.
Memo from the Center for American Progress on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
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Memorandum from the American Progress Action Fund (Center for American Progress) entitled:
Tough but Fair: Why Progressives Should Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
AILA Doc. No. 06030275.
Draft Text of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (Chairman Specter’s Mark)
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Draft text of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (the “Chairman’s Mark”), submitted by Sen. Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA). This is a modified version of the bill that was released on 3/6/06. AILA Doc. No. 06022465.
Section-by-Section Analysis of Sen. Spector's Chairman's Mark
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Section-by-section analysis of the draft text of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (the “Chairman’s Mark”), submitted by Sen. Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA). The final bill could contain additional changes upon introduction. AILA Doc. No. 06022440.
Text of the Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2006 (H.R. 4740/S.2284)
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Text of H.R. 4740 / S.2284, the Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2006 , as introduced in the House by Rep. Charles Bass (R-NH) and in the Senate by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). AILA Doc. No. 06022461.
Text of the Welcoming Immigrants to a Secure Homeland (WISH) Act of 2006 (S. 2326)
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Text of the Welcoming Immigrants to a Secure Homeland (WISH) Act of 2006 (S. 2326), as introduced by Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) on February 17, 2006. AILA Doc. No. 06022165.
Sen. Domenici’s Summary of S. 2326
Sen. Domenici’s section-by-section summary of the Welcoming Immigrants to a Secure Homeland (WISH) Act of 2006 (S. 2326), introduced by Sen. Domenici (R-NM) on 2-17-06. AILA Doc. No. 06022166.
Major Provisions in the TALENT BILL
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Summary of the TALENT Bill, a new, stand-alone, business immigration bill developed by Compete America, a coalition comprised of AILA and various corporations, universities, research institutions and trade associations. AILA Doc. No. 06021668.
Top 10 “Poison Pills” in H.R. 4437
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AILA’s list of the top 10 “Poison Pills” in the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (HR 4437), as amended and passed by the House on 12/16/05. AILA Doc. No. 06020662.
Side-by-Side Comparison of Select Provisions of the Principal Senate Immigration Reform Proposals
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AILA’s side-by-side comparison of select provisions of the principal Senate immigration reform proposals. The chart includes the following bills: McCain/Kennedy (S. 1033); Cornyn/Kyl (S. 1438); Hagel (S. 1916, 1917, 1918, & 1919); and the unnumbered “Chairman’s Mark.” AILA Doc. No. 06012460.
Section-by-Section Summary of HR 4437, as Amended and Passed by the House
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AILA’s updated section-by-section summary of the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (HR 4437), as amended and passed by the House on 12/16/05. This egregious, enforcement-only legislation passed the House by a vote of 239-182. AILA Doc. No. 06010965.
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