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September 18, 2014

Bipartisan Senate Group Releases Immigration Plan

The Senate’s bipartisan “Gang of Eight” has released its comprehensive immigration reform package, including a path to citizenship, enhanced border security measures, and various visa reforms, according to the Washington Post, which has created an infographic laying out the various provisions of the bill.

“The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled hearings Friday and Monday on the bill, which is hundreds of pages long. Opponents of a deal have denounced portions of the plan, and some senators are expected to offer a flurry of amendments… Similar tactics helped doom the 2007 effort.”

“The Senate bill would allow most undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country before Dec. 31, 2011, to immediately gain ‘registered provisional’ status after paying a $500 fine and back taxes, provided they have not committed a felony or three misdemeanors. They could then apply for permanent resident status in 10 years after paying additional fees. Three years later, they could apply for citizenship.”

New York Times: “In addition, agricultural workers and children brought to the country illegally by their parents — know as ‘Dreamers’ — would receive an expedited path to legal status. (Both groups would be able to receive green cards in five years. The Dreamers would be eligible for citizenship immediately after they got their green cards.)”

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