Immigration Reform Bill Leaked

Leaked immigration bill - Atlanta Immigration Attorney

Pressure builds in the Senate as a draft of the immigration reform bill leaked to USA
today over the weekend. The Senate has yet to deliver its own set of comprehensive
legislation.

As reported by USA Today, the leaked draft contained information showing that
undocumented immigrants would be able to earn their way to citizenship as long as
they meet certain requirements. In addition, immigrants who qualified for a green
card would be able to apply within eight years. Lastly, the bill contained a provision
on border security and a mandatory system implemented to ensure that businesses
check the eligibility of their workers.

What the draft did not contain, which will likely continue to be an issue in any
immigration reform package, is how to change the legal system to better serve the
future influx of immigrants. This exclusion does not come as a shock as the Senate
working group is expecting that between the labor unions and the U.S. Chamber
of Commerce, an agreement will be made that will handle all future influxes of
immigrants before drafting that portion of the congressional bill.

Over the weekend a spokesperson for the Obama administration stated that the
bill was not final. “We continue to work in support of a bipartisan effort, and while
the president has made clear he will move forward if Congress fails to act, progress
continues to be made and the administration has not prepared a final bill to submit,”
White House spokesman Clark Stevens told USA Today.

In rebut of this statement, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla), a prominent voice of the Senate
group working on the bill, stated that it was a “mistake” for the White House to
have drafted legislation absent the input of the GOP and as a result the bill would be
“dead on arrival in Congress.”

According to Rubio, the Presidents bill repeats the failures of past legislation with
false promises of controlled border security, fails to address guest workers which
directly affects the ability to better manage the future influx of illegal immigrants,
and lastly it puts those who previously entered unlawfully at an advantage over
those immigrants who came to the U.S. legally.

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough responds to Rubio’s criticism, “dead on
arrival” if the bill is proposed, stating on Sunday to ABC News’ “This Week.” “Let’s
make sure that it doesn’t have to be proposed.”

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