The border security amendment that would have delayed undocumented immigrants’ path to u.s. citizenship was voted down today in the Senate.
The Senate voted 53 to 47 against an amendment in the immigration reform bill by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) that would have required securing the border for six months before an undocumented immigrant could apply for Registered Provisional Immigrant status.
Opponents argued the amendment would delay the path to citizenship for too long a time because the measures for border security proposed are too difficult to achieve in a timely manner.
The path to citizenship is the centerpiece of the legislation.
The path to citizenship proposed for the 11 million undocumented immigrants would take 13 years.
Undocumented immigrants would be allowed to first apply for legal status of Registered Provisional Immigrant Status. To be eligible, the applicant would have to fulfill certain requirements:
- Must have lived in the U.S. prior to December 31, 2011
- Must pay a $500 payment fee. DREAMers would not have to pay this fee.
Eligible applicants would also have clean record without convictions of an aggravated felony, a felony, 3 or more misdemeanors, or an offense under foreign law.
After 10 years, RPI status applicants would be able to apply for Lawful Permanent Resident Status and receive a Green Card. DREAMers would become eligible for Green Card after five years.
The immigration reform bill has to get 60 votes in the Senate before it can be sent to the House of Representatives. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said that it could pass in the Senate by July 4.
More on Immigration Reform:
- Immigration Reform 2013
- Gang of 8
- Earned Citizenship
- Streamlining Immigration
- Strengthening Border Security
- More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants