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Senate Set to Begin Immigration Reform Debate; Committee Publishes Report of Bill

Starting this afternoon (Monday, June 11) on C-Span2, viewers throughout the US and around the world will be able to watch the “World’s Greatest Deliberative Body” – a.k.a. the United States Senate – begin debate on the Immigration Reform bill. The action is expected to begin shortly
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Immigration Reform as of Memorial Day

Great news out of Congress this week. The Senate Judiciary Committee gave the green light to a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill, while Speaker John Boehner “promised” that the House of Representatives will pass its own immigration reform bill. While the Speaker’s words
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Senate Judiciary Committee Turns Focus to Internal Enforcement

Today’s blog continues our report on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s markup of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee plowed through multiple amendments to the Immigration Reform bill. The Committee fini
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Taxing Problem for an Immigration Plan

Corey Boles,  Wall Street Journal “Senators who want to offer legal status to the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants often say that the process won’t be speedy or easy. Among other things, illegal immigrants would first have to pay all back taxes they owe.”
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Senators protect fragile compromise on H-1B visas, fend off immigration bill amendments

Jason Reed, Reuters “Senators behind a sweeping immigration reform bill managed to defend their fragile compromise on Tuesday from a seige of amendments to expand or restrict a visa program for highly skilled workers…” Full Story    
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Debates on the H-1B visa provisions of the Immigration Reform bill

As a follow-up to our discussion of the Senate Immigration Reform bill and the provisions related to temporary visas for high-skilled and low-skilled workers, today’s blog will focus on the amendments proposed during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s debate of these provisions. During
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Gang of 8 looks to defend guest worker plan

Seung Minkim, Politico “The Senate Gang of Eight has largely controlled the Senate Judiciary Committee’s immigration markup, and the group’s next step: shielding a painstakingly negotiated agreement for a new guest worker program…”   Full Story
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Amendment for “Little Dreamers” should be in immigration bill, say advocates

Sandra Lilley, NBCLatino “Democratic Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee debating the current immigration bill, has introduced an amendment calling for an extension of the 5-year fast track for DREAMers so it also includes children…” Full S
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Business, labor spar over high-skill visas in immigration bill

Caren Bohan and Rachelle Younglai, Reuters,  May 13, 2013 “A rift emerged between U.S. business groups and organized labor over a high-skilled worker program in the Senate immigration bill, as the tech industry and other firms on Monday pushed to make it easier for companies to hire p
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Proposed increases to visas for high-skilled and low-skilled workers

In today’s blog, Attorney Alexandra Sanchez discusses proposed changes to temporary visas in the draft Senate reform bill: The Senate’s immigration bill proposes to increase substantially the number of visas available for high-skilled workers (or workers in occupations requiring at le
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