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AILA Resources on 2014 Immigration Reform (Updated 4/2/14)

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 13020647 (posted Apr. 2, 2014)"

Immigration Reform

On June 27, 2013 the Senate, in a 68-32 vote, successfully passed S. 744, the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act." (AILA Doc. No. 13041760.) Now all eyes have turned to the House of Representatives, specifically Republican leadership: Speaker Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip McCarthy (R-CA), and Conference Chair McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). (AILA Doc. No. 13072545.) On January 31, 2014, House Republicans released their “Standards for Immigration Reform," a one page document that outlined basic principles for their approach to immigration reform. (AILA Doc. No. 14013053.) Since that document was released, House Republican leadership has not made any other positive steps towards advancing immigration reform legislation.

The House of Representatives has until the end of 2014 to pass immigration reform bill(s) before the Senate bill (S.744) will die. A number of factors may influence Speaker Boehner’s decision to bring immigration legislation up for a vote on the floor of the House, including, but not limited to, the primary and November 2014 mid-term elections, the Tea Party caucus, and public opinion. While the House leadership continues to stall on taking action, the American public is united as never before, with two out of three Americans supporting reform that includes legalization for the undocumented. As Congress continues to work towards a permanent legislative solution, AILA will use every tool possible to alleviate the suffering to families and businesses caused by a broken immigration system, including pursuing administrative reforms. (AILA Doc. No. 14032850.)

Although the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Goodlatte (R-VA), has passed four piecemeal bills (all of which AILA opposes), and the House Homeland Security Committee passed a bipartisan bill on border security (that AILA has remained neutral on), no immigration reform bills have been brought up for a vote on the floor of the House. Although other immigration reform bills have been introduced in the House, none have yet to receive hearings or votes in committee. This includes H.R. 15, a comprehensive immigration reform bill introduced by Democratic leadership that encompasses the successful Senate bill, but replaces the controversial "border-surge" amendment with the House bipartisan border security bill. (AILA Doc. No. 13100402.) Late in March 2014 House Democrats introduced a “discharge petition" on H.R. 15 to try to force a vote on the bill, but most expect that effort to be unsuccessful.

For daily updates on what's happening in D.C. and on immigration reform check out Immigration Politics 2014. (AILA Doc. No. 12120666.) For all InfoNet postings related to Immigration Reform please visit our Immigration Reform 2014 Featured Topics page.

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Government Action

On 06/27/13 the full Senate, in a 68-32 vote, successfully passed Senate Bill 744, the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act." (AILA Doc. No. 13041760.)

AILA Resources on House Reform (AILA Doc. No. 13072545.)

In June 2013 the House Judiciary Committee successfully passed four piecemeal bills:

  • H.R. 1773: the Agricultural Guestworker Act (AILA Doc. No. 13042953.)
  • H.R. 2278: the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act (AILA Doc. No. 13060654.)
  • H.R. 1772: the Legal Workforce Act (mandatory E-Verify) (AILA Doc. No. 13071149.)
  • H.R. 2131: the Supplying Knowledge Based Immigrants and Lifting Levels of STEM Visas (SKILLS) Act. (AILA Doc. No. 13071145.)

H.R. 1417, the Border Security Results Act was successfully voted out of the House Committee on Homeland Security on a voice vote on 05/15/13. (AILA Doc. No. 13060647.)

House Republican Standards for Immigration Reform (AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 14013053.)

Immigration Policy Center has a round-up of all other legislation introduced in the House.

Resources and Talking Points

AILA’s 2014 Resource Guide on Immigration (AILA Doc. 14032743.)

Reforming Immigration for the 21st Century: 2014 NDA Leave Behind

AILA Talking Points on 2014 Immigration Reform

The Myth of Immigration ‘Non-Enforcement’ (AILA Doc. No. 14040250.)

AILA Resources on Administrative Reforms 2014

Resources on S.744 (AILA Doc. No. 13041760)

Resources on House bills (AILA Doc. No. 13072545)

AILA Press Statements

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