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Immigration

Details employment verification regulations and includes:
The Frank S. Lautenberg Asylum and Refugee Reform Act
The Tibetan Refugee Assistance Act
The Child Trafficking Victims Protection Act
The HELP Separated Children Act

Covers employment-based Visas and student and exchange visitor programs, including:
The Jobs Originating through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act
The American Jobs in American Forests Act
The Student Visa Integrity Act
and New Venture, Entrepreneurial Startups + Technologies development

Delineates low-income youth employment opportunities and funding

Title III:
Interior Enforcement

Title IV:
Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

Title V:
Jobs for Youth

The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act

Senate:  S. 744 introduced by Chuck Schumer and co-sponsored by 6 other Senators
House: H.R. 15 introduced by Joe Garcia and co-sponsored by 192 other representatives 

"The  only  history that's  worth 
a  tinker's  damn
is  the history
we  made today."

Henry Ford

The Issue and The Bill

The debate over immigration in America is nothing new. Every generation has had to choose how to handle waves of different nationalities seeking the American dream.

The last time Congress addressed immigration was 1996 when they passed the Illegal Alien Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act, giving undocumented aliens a path to citizenship. Since then, an estimated 11 or 12 million more people have come to live and work in the U.S. without proper documentation.
Opinions on how to handle immigration range from amnesty to deportation. Some believe reform should be comprehensive, combining the "stick" of tougher border security with the "carrot" of citizenship. Others think we should handle the issue in piecemeal fashion, tackling issues like border control and paths to citizenship one topic at a time.

In early 2013, Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) and 5 other co-sponsors crafted and introduced a bill that rolled up many of the piecemeal bills that had been proposed on both sides of the aisle.  It passed the Senate (vote totals) and was sent to the House, where it was sent to committees.

Since immigration reform is so important to both parties, this 1198-page bill has half a chance in 2014.  Here are it's major componenets.

Title I: 
Border Security
including:
Increased border patrols and
The Human Trafficking Reporting Act

Title II:
Immigrant Visas

Reduces barriers to naturalization and includes:
The Dream Act
The Agricultural Worker Program Act
The Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act

To provide for comprehensive immigration reform

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