Immigration Reform Markup Continues

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The Senate Judiciary Committee continues immigration reform bill mark-up today.

The amendments discussed this morning have mostly dealt with employment.

  • Senator Patrick Leahy’s (D-VT) amendment makes the EB-5 program permanent and improves the efficiency of the program for foreign investors and operators of the regional center.
  • Senator Al Franken’s (D-MN) e-verify amendment requires the Department of Homeland Security submit a report setting the error-rate of the e-verify system every year along with recommendations on how to improve the error-rate. Another amendment of his adopted was one that creates an office that small businesses and employees can turn to for e-verify information and assistance.
  • Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) amendment requires that a protocol be developed to let individuals know when they are being checked through e-verify.
  • Senator Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) amendment requires USCIS send a weekly report to ICE with information about individuals who were not confirmed through the e-verify system. Another amendment of his adopted requires the parent or legal guardian of an individual under the age of 21 seeking employment provide confirmation of child’s identity.
  • Senator Richard Blumenthal’s (D-CT) amendment prohibits the withholding of individuals’ employment records for immigration purposes.

The Committee now intends to work through next week and the weekend just so that they can finish before their upcoming recess at the end of this month.

A group of eight House of Representatives lawmakers have been working on their own immigration bill for months now. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said today he is concerned over how long it is taking for the House group to create legislation they agree on.

 

More on Immigration Reform:

  • Immigration Reform 2013
  • Gang of 8
  • Earned Citizenship
  • Streamlining Immigration
  • Strengthening Border Security
  • More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants