The news has been discussing the President implementing immigration reform. What sort of reform is being considered?

It is difficult to know if the barrage of reports about the Executive branch taking action at the administrative level is post-election posturing or something that will actually be acted upon. From the reports, if they are to be believed, the following appear to be some of the key aspects of comprehensive immigration reform that might be coming:

  • Amnesty for certain parents who are undocumented (illegal, if you prefer), but who have minor children lawfully present in the U.S. Currently there are an estimated 4.5 million people in this situation.
  • Work authority for these parents. This could have a significant impact on employers and be quite the boon for some industries, as it would allow currently illegal employees to not only adjust to being lawfully present in the U.S. and be able to work legally.
  • More H-1B visas. This would be welcomed by many employers in the U.S. recruiting from highly skilled foreign national pool of talented graduates.
  • Extend the Dream Act.
  • Lessen the enforcement and deportation of lower-priority deportation situations (e.g. non-criminals would be less likely to be sought after and deported) and prioritize the deportation of criminals.

Many of these proposals are pulled straight from the bi-partisan Senate compromise on immigration reform that has been bouncing around Washington in various forms for the past eight or so years. Most recently many were passed by the Senate in 2013, but then stalled in the House of Representatives.

 
 
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