McCain: Comprehensive Immigration Reform Must Include Path To Citizenship

"Senator John McCain (R-AZ) confirmed on Sunday morning that he that he and a bipartisan group of senators will roll out a comprehensive immigration reform effort in Congress. Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” McCain, who has previously fluctuated on his support of a full path to...

Senators Roll Out Immigration Reform Blueprint

Here is the Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform released on Jan. 28, 2013 by Senators Schumer, McCain, Durbin, Graham, Menendez, Rubio, Bennet, and Flake. Here's coverage from the New York Times .

Will 'Path to Citizenship' Prove Fatal to CIR in House of Representatives?

"[A]lthough Republican leaders are newly interested in a compromise on immigration, many in the party say that allowing undocumented immigrants to live here legally is enough and that a push for citizenship would face fierce, and possibly insurmountable, opposition from conservatives. The tension...

President Obama on CIR: 'Let's Get It Done'

"Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants. (Applause.) And right now, leaders from the business, labor, law enforcement, faith communities -- they all agree that the time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform. (Applause.) Now is...

Immigration Reform and Workers’ Rights

"[I]n all the talk of providing a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented workers while tightening border security, one important issue has, so far, received only passing mention: stronger protections for immigrant workers against exploitation and abuse. Such protections, essential to any...

New CIR Blog From CCIS

" The purpose of the CIR 2013 blog is to provide researchers and the public with analyses that speak directly to the question of whether comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) will pass in 2013. These analyses will use social science research methods to answer practical, policy-relevant questions...

MPI Launches CIR Page

"Throughout its history, MPI has placed major focus on analysis of the US immigration system and the complex demographic, economic, political, foreign policy, and other trends that affect immigration to the United States. Through its US Immigration Policy program and key efforts such as the MPI...

Facebook's Zuckerberg to Push CIR?

Mark Zuckerberg appears to have found his next venture: politics. The 28-year-old Facebook CEO and billionaire — after mostly staying out of the political fray while running his company’s day-to-day operations — is joining with other executives to form an issues advocacy organization...

U.S. Immigration Policy: Chart Book of Key Trends

"This report is a chart book of selected immigration trends that touch on the main elements of comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). Most policymakers agree that the main issues in CIR include increased border security and immigration enforcement, improved employment eligibility verification,...

5 Things To Watch As CIR Moves Forward

"Bipartisan groups in the House and Senate are closing in on a deal to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, and leaders in both parties want it to happen. As Congress comes back into session, lawmakers will be ironing out lingering details — but that’s not all that could happen...

Facebook's Zuckerberg Promotes CIR with Advocacy Website

"We have a strange immigration policy for a nation of immigrants. And it’s a policy unfit for today’s world. ... That’s why I am proud to announce FWD.us , a new organization founded by leaders of our nation’s technology community to focus on these issues and advocate a bipartisan...

The Xenophobes Can't Kill Immigration Reform - But What Should CIR Supporters Do Now?

"Despite CIR proponents' quick retorts, the Boston bombings will likely make enactment all the more difficult. Unlike an esteemed colleague who predicts a less than 50% chance, I'm still optimistic that CIR will be enacted. If anything, Boston made the price of doing nothing simply too high...

No Time for Rich-Whining, CIR Advocates Must Stay Focused on the Senate

"The point of this post is not that revelry over the fall of xenophobes and eugenicists is wrong; rather, it is that celebrations of that sort are unaffordable luxuries. That wine is just too rich at this late hour. Advocates for enlightened CIR must instead keep eyes peeled on the Senate Judiciary...

Sen. Franken Helps Small Businesses and Regular Folks with the I-9 Process

"[H] e persuaded his colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee to adopt by voice vote an amendment (Franken 4) to the Gang of Eight's comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) bill, S. 744. If CIR is enacted with Franken 4 included, it would establish within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration...

Will Cows Tip CIR Balance?

"It may seem absurd that the fate of the first major immigration reform effort in 27 years could hinge partially on the country's 9.2 million lactating cows. But in a deeply divided U.S. Congress where accomplishing anything is difficult, this rare, bipartisan bill is a case study in trade-offs...

Podcast: Expert Steve Yale-Loehr on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Immigration expert Stephen W. Yale-Loehr comments on today's news regarding CIR from the AILA Convention in San Francisco. - Bender's Immigration Bulletin (LexisNexis) June 27, 2013 .

Lexis Immigration Expert Stephen W. Yale-Loehr on CIR

Steve Yale-Loehr , co-author of Immigration Law and Procedure, the leading 20-volume treatise on U.S. immigration law, participated in an hour-long panel discussion on China Radio International about the Senate immigration bill. And in a story published July 9, 2013 in the Arizona Republic , he stated...

White House Report: The Economic Benefits of Fixing our Broken Immigration System

"Today, too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers and there are 11 million people living and working in the shadow economy. Neither is good for the economy or the country. It is time to fix our broken immigration system. ... This report outlines the key benefits to the U...

Analyst Predicts CIR Will Tank in House

"As the immigration battle shifts to the House, word has spread among activists that Wong might be the Nate Silver of immigration reform — the go-to data geek with the crystal ball. But Wong doesn't just want to predict the future. He also wants to change it, by giving immigrant-rights...

The Perfect Storm - CIR and IOLTA

Teaser - "... I can see the potential for another “perfect storm” as it relates to immigration attorneys. This storm will be formed from the confluence of four factors: 1. IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts) accounting practices that are commonly used (or more accurately...

Band of House Republicans Push CIR

"Webster is among about two dozen GOP lawmakers who support an eventual path to citizenship for millions of people who are living in the U.S. illegally. These Republicans are facing the daunting challenge of trying to persuade colleagues to follow them. Most Republicans oppose this approach on citizenship...

Tech Still Hopeful on CIR

"Much of Washington believes a potential military strike and a debt ceiling debacle have swallowed chances this year for immigration reform. Not tech. Silicon Valley and its D.C. representatives still envision that legislation can creep through before momentum fades. Congressional calendars be damned...

Will There Be Enough VOLAGs to Handle CIR?

"Any enacted immigration reform legislation that is comprehensive in scope will include a path to legalization for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Based on the U.S. Senate bill passed in June 2013, the Congressional Budget Office projects about 8 million people...

Will Tallent Hire Lead to CIR?

"Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has hired a veteran expert on immigration policy, a move that could signal a renewed House effort to act on the issue in 2014. Rebecca Tallent, director of immigration policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center , will start her new job as assistant to the Speaker on Wednesday...

Half a Loaf Immigration Reform

"The contours of a deal on comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) are taking shape. An underclass will be created of undocumented people who will be given no path to citizenship. ... So for now, Democrats reluctantly shed crocodile tears over CIR-with-no-pathway. But they know what is made in piecemeal...