House Immigration Reform Bills

House Immigration Reform Bills

Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013

On Oct. 2, 2013, Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL) and other House Democrats introduced H.R. 15, which is based largely on the Senate Judiciary Committee–passed version of the bipartisan Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744). Most importantly, the bill envisions a path to U.S. citizenship for the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. The bill is far from perfect. We remain concerned that the 10- to 13-year road to citizenship these bills envision is too long, is extremely narrow, and will be especially difficult for low-income immigrants.

We Are United in Support of Immigration Reform That Protects & Promotes the Interests of DREAMers, Their Families, and Their Communities (PDF)

“We . . . write to you as members of the DREAM Policy Table to urge you to support immigration reform that includes an inclusive roadmap to citizenship for immigrant youth, their families, and all of the 11 million aspiring citizens. The DREAM Policy Table is comprised of over 100 youth-led, education, labor, faith-based, civil rights, immigrant rights, and child advocacy organizations that have historically supported passage of the DREAM Act. The undersigned organizations are now united in support of immigration reform that protects and promotes the interests of DREAMers, their families, and their communities.”

Enforcement-Only Bills

• Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act, H.R. 2278

• Legal Workforce Act, H.R. 1772

Letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives (June 18, 2013; PDF)

This letter, signed by more than 130 national, state, and local organizations, expresses deep disappointment at the House Judiciary Committee’s consideration of three counterproductive, noncomprehensive immigration-related bills. These bills would create hundreds of thousands of new guest workers, allow the 50 states and also localities to create and enforce their own immigration enforcement laws, and impose an unworkable electronic employment eligibility verification system.The three bills are: