Immigration

Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act

Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) introduced Tuesday, December 15, 2009
an immigration reform bill, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP).

1. Generous Legalization Program: The bill is likely to have a date-of-enactment eligibility date, and flexible requirements for qualifying for legalization—not only prospective employment, but ways to fulfill that requirement through community service. Legalization will include people with final orders of deportation, will include dependent spouses/children, and will include waivers. The legalization timelines will run to approximately 6 years (time for family backlogs to be cleared) with employment authorization and travel authority upon application, but processing for green cards after 5 years. DREAM-Act-type students will have access to a faster track within the context of the overall legalization program. Ag Jobs will be part of the bill.

2. Family: Will incorporate most elements of the Honda/Menendez family bills, allowing for family backlog reduction, inclusion of spouses and minor children of LPRs as immediate relatives, etc.

3. Employment-based Immigration: A new Commission will be mandated to consider and make recommendations to Congress for employment-based visa levels. While the Commission is forming, there will be a 3-year “transition visa” to allow a certain number of lesser-skilled immigrants from certain countries to come in with permanent visas (i.e. green cards). This 3 year program will end once the Commission is up and running.

4. Worker Protections: Includes increased enforcement and worker protections in H-1B and H-2B programs, drawing on elements of Durbin, Grassley, Miller, Sanders bills.

5. Worksite Enforcement: Mandatory EEVS (e-verify) but only applying to new hires and phased in with good database accuracy requirements and privacy protections.

6. Interior Enforcement: Repeal of 287g. Bill will include Menendez detention and apprehension protection bills, and text from Royball-Allard and Woolsey bills.

7. Border Enforcement: Emphasizes oversight, accountabililty, and providing increased technology and equipment to current border and customs personnel. Focusses on combating crime at the border.

8. Naturalization/Integration: Includes provisions from Citizenship Promotion Act, including waivers for naturalization testing, reasonable fees, integration funding, etc.

The Brazilian Women’s Group wants to hear your opinion about this bill.
Call us at 617-787-0557 ext. 15 or email us at mulherbrasileira@verdeamarelo.org.