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Will 2014 Be the Year for Immigration Reform?

At the end of 2013, immigration reform seemed dead in the water, but now that resurgence of support is occurring, many are hopefully wondering: will 2014 be the year we see comprehensive immigration reform?...more

Is 2014 The Year For Immigration Reform?

Last year saw renewed efforts at a comprehensive immigration reform bill with the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan passage of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744), a bill that...more

Discussion on Immigration Reform Revived

On January 30, 2014, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives released a set of broad “standards” for immigration reform. Issued in draft form, the standards would allow many undocumented immigrants to live legally...more

Is Immigration Reform Over Now That the Government is Shut Down? NO!

While the government shut-down is a big distraction from other issues, the push for immigration reform continues. A new bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives, H.R. 15, "The Border Security, Economic...more

How Immigration Reform Could Help Create Jobs

Immigration reform is a hot button issue these days, though it seems to have been pushed to the back-burner for the time being. Nonetheless, immigration reform is likely to continue to an issue of national debate for the...more

Immigration Reform: What Will Happen to the “Path to Citizenship” Campaign?

Immigration reform seems to be more uncertain than ever. As we recently reported, proposed legislation seeks to amend the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act to allow a large percentage of...more

House Immigration Vote Tentatively Set for October

At a Racine, WI town hall meeting, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc) announced the House’s pending plan to vote on important immigration legislation in the fall. Since the June passing of the Senate...more

Senate Votes Overwhelmingly In Favor Of Proceeding To A Full Vote On Border Security Amendment To Immigration Reform Bill

On June 24, 2013, the Senate passed by a vote of 67-27 a motion to invoke cloture on the border security amendment to the comprehensive immigration reform package. ...more

On the Politics of Immigration Reform

The media loves to attach political labels to often complex issues. Such monikers allow the press to create and define highly charged terms ("pro-life"; "pro-choice"; "pro-gun"; "anti-gun", etc.). The exercise is also useful...more

Border Security: A Key Focus of Debate on Immigration Reform

Even though Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has called for an end to debate on the S. 744 immigration reform bill, there is sure to be further debate in the House on the topic of enhanced border security, a legal predicate...more

Immigration Reform 2013—Update

In the February/March 2013 issue of the Immigration eAuthority, we outlined the respective proposals for immigration reform put forward by both the President and a bipartisan group of eight senators. We also noted that...more

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

A bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators on Tuesday (April 16, 2013) introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, an 844-page bill that aims to bolster border security and...more

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

The first major immigration proposal in several years contains sweeping changes, with the president potentially signing a version by mid-June....more

Immigration Reform in the 113th Congress

In 2007, when a bipartisan group of senators and then President Bush tried to pass major immigration reform legislation, vocal opposition to the effort doomed the bill and any real attempt at reform since. The 2012 election...more

Post-Election Immigration Reform - What’s At Issue?

The prospect of comprehensive immigration reform appears to be gaining momentum. In January, a bipartisan group of eight senators announced a broad proposal for immigration reform (“Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive...more

White House Draft Immigration Bill Leaked

Parts of a draft White House immigration reform bill have been leaked to the press. The sections that were released include legalization, border security, interior enforcement, and worksite enforcement. ...more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Immigration Hearings Follow-up

Following the extensive (several hours!) hearing on immigration the House Judiciary Committee yesterday, four US Senators released a “Dear Colleague” letter regarding smart enforcement and valuing due process, continuing the...more

A Really Exciting Time for Immigration

Friends, This has been an exciting week. Last Tuesday President Obama traveled to Nevada to redouble our Administration’s efforts to work with Congress on commonsense reform to fix our broken immigration system so...more

The Second Obama Term: President Outlines Major Immigration Overhaul

Second term begins with an increased focus on immigration issues; Congress signals bipartisan agreement on similar principles. On January 29, just a few weeks after President Barack Obama reconfirmed his commitment to...more

Comprehensive Immigration Reform On The Rise

Earlier this week heralded the announcement, long-awaited, of potential immigration reform on a comprehensive scale. The bi-partisan proposal seeks to address the issues faced by the 11 million illegal immigrants currently...more

Immigration Reform: Comparing the Senate Proposal with the White House Proposal

This week, both President Obama and the Senate announced frameworks for comprehensive immigration reform. The following is a comparison of key elements in each of the plans....more

Senators Reach a Bipartisan Agreement for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

A bipartisan group of eight senators has reached an agreement for legislation that could be the beginning of the comprehensive immigration reform we have all been waiting for. The proposal was announced on Monday and...more

Immigration Reform Update: What Do The Senate and Presidential Proposals Mean?

Now that the fiscal cliff has been dealt with, Immigration reform appears to be the next big item on the agenda for the President and Congress. Just this week both the Senate and the President unveiled a framework for...more

A Final Chance for 2010 Immigration Reform

Just before Congress ended its last session to allow for re-election campaigning, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010. This bill, which will...more

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