A group of US Senators introduced a Bipartisan Framework for Immigration Reform 2013 January 29, 2013, closely followed by the White House’s Blueprint for Immigration Reform 2013 (Full Text; Fact Sheet), introduced January 30, 2013. In addition, another group of US Senators have introduced the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013–I2– (I2 summary; full text of I2 Bill), a complementary plan for immigration reform that includes fixes for various legal immigration issues, including an H-1B cap increase, and changes in temporary visa and green card opportunities for those with STEM backgrounds, among other things.
Of course, at this time, these are Senate and White House proposals only, and they are likely to undergo significant hurdles and further changes as they move forward in the legislative process. We will post those changes as they happen.
The US Senate’s Bipartisan Framework for Immigration Reform 2013 outlines a framework for comprehensive immigration reform. The Framework has 4 basic components:
The US Senate’s Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 (I2 Summary; I2 Text) focuses on legal immigration, and includes the following provisions:
The White House’s Blueprint for Immigration Reform 2013 contains a four-part plan, closely tracking the US Senate’s Bipartisan Framework for Immigration Reform 2013. The plan includes the following:
1. Strengthening US borders.
2. Cracking down on employers hiring undocumented workers.
3. Holding undocumented immigrants accountable before they can earn US citizenship, i.e., require undocumented workers to pay US taxes and a penalty, move to the back of the immigration line, learn English, and pass background checks.
4. Streamlining the legal immigration system for families, workers, and employers.
More specifically, President Obama’s plan for legal immigration includes:
For further details, see Fact Sheet on the White House’s Immigration Reform 2013 proposals, and Full Text of the White House’s Blueprint for Immigration Reform 2013.