Immigration Reform 2013-2014

Immigration Reform 2013-2014

Summaries & Analyses of Immigration Reform Bills (2013)

  • SENATE BILL: Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S.744)
  • HOUSE BILLS: Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (H.R. 15); Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act (H.R. 2278); and Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 1772)

Legislative Priorities for Immigration Reform

NILC calls for passage of broad and humane immigration reform legislation that provides a clear roadmap to first-class citizenship for the 11 million aspiring Americans, including DREAMers, and makes it possible for them to fully integrate into the nation’s social and economic fabric, with all the rights and responsibilities entailed in full integration.

President Obama’s Draft Immigration Reform Bill

Although still only in draft form, recently leaked legislative language for a White House immigration reform bill provides a clearer picture of President Barack Obama’s immigration reform priorities than was available previously. The proposed legislation would create a viable road to U.S. citizenship for many immigrants, and it includes much-needed reforms to labor laws affecting immigrants in the workplace. This brief summary also includes links to more in-depth summaries/analyses of the three bill titles that were leaked, those having to do withimmigration enforcement, legalization of unauthorized immigrants, and employment eligibility verification and workers’ issues.

The President’s Plan for Immigration Reform (PDF)

On January 29, President Barack Obama outlined his vision for a new immigration system in an inspirational and visionary speech delivered in Las Vegas and a subsequently issued fact sheet. Similar to the bipartisan Senate framework unveiled the day before, the president’s plan contains four key principles that highlight his priorities for immigration reform.

Senators’ Framework for Immigration Reform

On January 28, 2013, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators unveiled a framework for a future bill that, if enacted, would modernize our current immigration system as well as create a process for those living in the U.S. without authorization to apply to become U.S. citizens. The framework contains four basic pillars, which would put in place a new system for future immigration while addressing the needs of immigrants currently within the country.