Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) Bill Introduced in the US House of Representatives

Representative Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) has introduced a new bill for Comprehensive Immigration Reform in the House on December 15, 2009.   Representative Gutierrez issue the following press release in celebration of the bill

This bill is not complicated.  What we need to do – right now — is not complicated.  Our nation’s immigration policy should be pro-family, pro-jobs and pro-security.

Family, jobs and security.  This bill accomplishes all three.

It keeps families together, but understands we must secure our borders.  It keeps people working, but understands the needs of our economy.  It gives a pathway to citizenship, but understands that immigrants must learn English, pay taxes and contribute to their communities.

It’s pro-family, pro-jobs and pro-security.  And the time to pass it into law is right now.

A summary of the proposed legislation can be found here.  The hot topic of the proposed reform will, of course, be the amnesty provisions entitled “The Earned Legalization Program for the Undocumented.”  This new legislation will provide a six year conditional nonimmigrant or immigrant visa to those who are out of status or entered the US without inspection.  It will waive the bars to legal status under the current law, provide work authorization and travel authorization along with protection from removal.

Requirements for Conditional Nonimmigrant Status: The alien must:

  • Establish presence in the U.S. on the day of introduction, and continuously thereafter
  • At time of registration, attests to contributions to the U.S. through employment, education, military service, or other volunteer/community service (with exemptions for minors, persons with disabilities, the elderly, or other unusual circumstances)
  • Complete criminal and security background checks
  • Pay a $500 fine plus necessary application fees (fine exemption for children and certain immigrants who initially entered the U.S. before the age of 16)
  • The individual shall be ineligible to receive a visa as a result of a serious criminal conviction, persecution of another person or reasonable grounds for believing that the alien committed a particularly serious crime abroad
  • There is a penalty of up to five years’ imprisonment for anyone who willfully falsifies information in an application for conditional nonimmigrant status

Conditional nonimmigrants will also be eligible to apply for permanent residency and later US citizenship.

President Obama has previously indicated that Comprehensive Immigration Reform is number three on his agenda, the first and second being health care reform and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Unfortunately, he later backed off that pledge and it is unclear what priority he now places on immigration.

Posted on December 17, 2009 at 5:02 pm by Immigration Lawyer Peter Messersmith · Permalink
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  1. Written by Brittancus
    on December 17, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    We all know the astronomical costs attributed to the illegal immigration invasion over many decades in education, health care and incarceration. So get on the phone and insist as a voter for your lawmaker to vote for THE SAVE ACT (H.R. 3308) and be relentless.One main enforcement tools is E-Verify, that discloses and removes illegal workers from job locations. The capitol switchboard number is 202-224-3121. Also bombard the House-Senate policy makers with 28 cent postcards, to stop the open border organizations from engineering another Comprehensive Immigration reform or AMNESTY. GOOGLE and investigate the terrible consequences of illegal immigrants and families, demanding rights in the–SANCTUARY STATE OF CALIFORNIA. On the brink of bankruptcy, overcrowded schools where English is a second language, and Liberal-Marxist-Extremist politicians in Sacramento, spending the peoples money to subsidize the low incomes of millions illegal foreign nationals. EXPECT A FINANCIAL cataclysmic nightmare, if AMNESTY passes.

    Bad as it is now millions more will enter America without permission causing even more chaos. Honest legal immigrants will be dumbfounded, when they learn illegal aliens will pay only $500 dollars to get legitimate status, While those people who went through the government inspection process and attorney filling fees for $2,500 dollars or more wait for years to be accepted.

    Tell them to amend the 1986 Immigration Reform Act and not another travesty that was a total disaster to taxpayers. Virginia Abernethy, Ph.D., former chief statistician for the Bureau of the Census said in September 2006 at a speech in Washington DC, that there has been a intentional undercount going on, so that the claimed figure over the 305-million population did not happen in 2005 but instead as early as– 2001. Those who believe in America’s survival, without OVERPOPULATION as stated by the US Census bureau better read the facts, not the lies at NUMBERSUSA. Those who want details of corruption in WASHINGTON and state government go to JUDICIAL WATCH. For Overpopulation statistics, should go to CAPSWEB. Other sites of interest on Immigration enforcement is ALIPAC and AMERICAN PATROL

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