Immigration Reform

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Keeping it Fresh: Immigration Reform

In the United States, immigration reform is widely used to describe proposals to increase legal immigration while decreasing illegal immigration. In 1986 Ronald Regan passed the Immigration and Control Act. This forever changed immigration making it illegal for employers to knowingly hire, or hire without verifying documents of immigrants. In this act it left out a non-immigrant working visa program, but did however grant citizenship to over 1.7 million immigrants currently living in the United States. In 2001, President George W. Bush and both parties in Congress were about to pass a significant immigration reform legislation greatly benefiting

Mexican immigration to the United States, however the attacks on September 11 put a hold on this as national security was tightened to all new levels. In 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005, and in 2006 the U.S. Senate passed the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006. Because neither side could reconcile their differences neither bill became a law. There are six sections of focus in the current plan today:

  • Fix border enforcement
  • Prevent visa overstays
  • Prevent people from working without a work permit
  • Create a committee to adapt the number of visas available
  • Programs to aid in legal status
  • Programs to help immigrants assimilate

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