U.S. senators introduce alternative to enforcement-only immigration reform

U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Harry Reid (D-NV), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) John Kerry (D-MA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) re-introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill aimed at addressing the broken immigration system, offering an alternative to enforcement-only policies.

 According to Mendez, "this is common-sense legislation that addresses the realities of the situation, stops the flow across our borders, and contributes to our economic recovery. If we can put political grandstanding aside and come together on a comprehensive, pragmatic bill like this one, we can bring resolution to a great national need.”

 

The bill includes measures to:

  • strengthen border security
  • expand penalties for passport and document fraud
  • enhance worksite enforcement of immigration laws
  • require current undocumented immigrants in the U.S. to register with the government, pay taxes, learn English, pay a fine, pass a background check, and wait in line for permanent residence

A Standing Commission on Immigration, Labor Markets, and the National interest would also be created as part of the bill to evaluate labor market and economic conditions and recommend quotas for employment-based visa programs to the Congress that would protect American jobs.