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Senate Must Modify Filibuster Rule to Pass CIR

" Without a softening of the filibuster rules, we're likely to witness, as we already have seen, the resuscitation of previous small-bore CRI proposals that merely traded legalization with a path to citizenship and modest future flows of temporary workers for greater border and worksite enforcement...

Leahy: Immigration Top Priority for Senate Judiciary Committee

"The Senate Judiciary Committee will dedicate most of its time this spring to comprehensive immigration reform, including changes for technology companies and agricultural businesses, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the committee's chairman, said Wednesday." - Todd Ruger, Jan. 16, 2013 ...

Will House Republicans Accept the Senate Proposal for Immigration Reform?

Former House Judiciary Committee counsel Nolan Rappaport goes through the recent bipartisan Senate proposal for immigration reform and discusses its pluses, minuses, and prospects in the House of Representatives. Excerpt: "...Resistance to comprehensive immigration reform in the House of Representatives...

Senators Reveal Immigration Bill; Too Stringent, Advocates Say

"Under the proposal, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before December 31, 2011, and had stayed in the country continuously could apply for "provisional" legal status as soon as six months after the bill is signed by the president. But beyond that, they would have to...

Full Text of Senate Immigration Bill: BSEOIMA13

844 pages . Let the close reading begin!

Live Webcast: Senate Hearing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Hearing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation Senate Judiciary Committee Full Committee DATE: April 19, 2013 TIME: 10:00 AM ROOM: Hart 216

Parsing the Senate's Immigration Bill

You could read all 844 pages for yourself. Or you could reference the interactive New York Times highlighted version .

Full Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on S. 744 on Monday, Apr. 22, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern

The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744 Senate Judiciary Committee Full Committee DATE: April 22, 2013 TIME: 10:00 AM ROOM: Hart 216

Senate Immigration Bill Leaves Out Some Long-Time Residents

"Carlos Gonzalez has lived nearly all his 29 years in a country he considers home but now finds himself on the wrong side of the border -- and the wrong side of a proposed overhaul of the U.S. immigration system that would grant legal status to millions of people." - Elliot Spagat, Associated...

Expert: Senate Immigration Bill a 'Balancing Act'

"Proponents of the bill face an even tougher challenge: how to lure more Republicans to support the legislation without alienating Democrats and losing the support of key immigrant rights' groups. "It's a balancing act," said Stephen Yale-Loehr , an immigration expert and professor...

Immigration Reform Bill Is A Multi-Billion Dollar Bonanza For Defense Contractors

"Last week, the U.S. Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, a massive bill that overhauls American immigration policy –and offers a bonanza of cash for the defense industry. The bill –which must still be approved by the House and signed...

Congress: How Immigration Reform Died (Part I)

"[I]n a series of interviews with The Hill over the past two months, Democratic and Republican negotiators said the group’s failure stemmed from divisions among Democrats over strategy and policy, as well as Boehner’s refusal to put his weight behind the bill and help steer it through...

Expert: Immigration Reform May Come In 'Bite-Size Packages,' If At All

“[Sessions’ opposition to the bill] shows the tension within the Republican Party. You've got some members who want to be accommodating on immigration because they want to attract the Latino vote for 2016, whereas others are firmly anti-immigrant and want to focus solely on strengthening...

The Power and Potential of High Skilled Immigration

"Now more than ever, we need an honest conversation about reforms that can improve and strengthen the admission of these immigrants into our labor force. But to do that, we must move the current immigration debate beyond the stereotypes, myths, and hyperbole that distract from that conversation...