Immigration Reform Bill Approved by Senate

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In 1986 Immigration Bill that was signed by President Reagan gave amnesty to 6 million illegal immigrants that had come to the United States to work and live. Since that time, another 11 million undocumented people have crossed the borders, coming from various countries, to share in the bounty, opportunity and freedom that is part of the nation. Finding a way to bring these people out of the shadows and into the broader economy has been a goal for many politicians currently in Washington, D.C. In June of 2013, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to create new pathways to citizenship for these people.
The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act
The U.S. Senate voted 68-32 to approve a bill to allow illegal immigrants now living in the United States a provisional legal status, a green card in 10 years and a chance for citizenship in 13 years. Temporary work visas are also proposed in the bill, along with a large expenditure for additional border security.
Border Security
Border security is one of the most contentious issues of the current immigration bill. Though it increases federal expenditures for border security with Mexico to $46.3 billion, the largest increase in history, some legislators contend this amount is still not enough to do the job effectively. With increased patrols on the border already slowing down illegal crossings, some people expect that greater reliance on technology can help to slow the influx even more. However, a certain number of legislators are determined on the construction of fences across the border.
Immigration Abuses
Further confusing enacting effective policies for immigration reform are the number of abuses that have occurred against those working illegally in the country. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is Maricopa County, Arizona was recently ruled against by U.S. District judge in a case of racial profiling during immigration patrols. In addition, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles alleging border patrol and immigration officials coerced illegal immigrants to forfeit their right to a deportation hearing. These abuses make it clear that our immigration policy needs modernization and enforcement that upholds all parties’ legal rights.
In 1986 Immigration Bill that was signed by President Reagan gave amnesty to 6 million illegal immigrants that had come to the United States to work and live. Since that time, another 11 million undocumented people have crossed the borders, coming from various countries, to share in the bounty, opportunity and freedom that is part of the nation. Finding a way to bring these people out of the shadows and into the broader economy has been a goal for many politicians currently in Washington, D.C. In June of 2013, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to create new pathways to citizenship for these people.
The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act
The U.S. Senate voted 68-32 to approve a bill to allow illegal immigrants now living in the United States a provisional legal status, a green card in 10 years and a chance for citizenship in 13 years. Temporary work visas are also proposed in the bill, along with a large expenditure for additional border security.
Border Security
Border security is one of the most contentious issues of the current immigration bill. Though it increases federal expenditures for border security with Mexico to $46.3 billion, the largest increase in history, some legislators contend this amount is still not enough to do the job effectively. With increased patrols on the border already slowing down illegal crossings, some people expect that greater reliance on technology can help to slow the influx even more. However, a certain number of legislators are determined on the construction of fences across the border.
Immigration Abuses
Further confusing enacting effective policies for immigration reform are the number of abuses that have occurred against those working illegally in the country. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is Maricopa County, Arizona was recently ruled against by U.S. District judge in a case of racial profiling during immigration patrols. In addition, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles alleging border patrol and immigration officials coerced illegal immigrants to forfeit their right to a deportation hearing. These abuses make it clear that our immigration policy needs modernization and enforcement that upholds all parties’ legal rights.

 

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