On Thursday of last week, it was announced that mark up of the Gang of 8 immigration bill will begin on May 9, not May 1 as had been previously stated.
The day of the press conference during which the Gang of 8 presented their bill, Senator Schumer (D-NY) said they expected mark up on May 1. Mark up is the process when amendments to certain parts of a proposed bill are voted on.
The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said that any changes being proposed will be posted online so that the public can see them prior to official mark up:
“I have thought about ways we can make our proceedings more open to the public and easier to follow. For this important legislation, I intend to make all amendments available to the public in a timely fashion by posting them on our website.”
Leahy predicts that there could be several amendments to this immigration bill. There could be other mark ups scheduled after May 9 for May 14, May 16, May 20 and other dates after that, if necessary.
Leahy has asked the committee to file their amendments by Tuesday, May 7 at 5 p.m.
In the meantime, leaders of the House Judiciary Committee are planning to introduce a series of smaller immigration bills before there is an agreement on the Gang of 8 Senators’ immigration bill.
This announcement came on Thursday of last week as well. The Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) said he would like to start with a bill for an agricultural guest-worker program, followed by a bill requiring employers to use Everify.
Goodlatte did not mention exactly how many small bills will be drafted nor did he mention if there would be a bill offering undocumented immigrants a pathway to legal residency. He did however say that he approves of a legal status but doesn’t approve of a pathway to citizenship. That is different from the Senate immigration bill, which does provide a pathway to citizenship.
More on Immigration Reform:
- Immigration Reform 2013
- Gang of 8
- Earned Citizenship
- Streamlining Immigration
- Strengthening Border Security
- More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants