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On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a major immigration bill that would bolster border security, legalize many of America’s 11 million undocumented immigrants and put them on a path to citizenship, dramatically overhaul the legal immigration system, and crack down on employers who hire unauthorized workers. The press conference was canceled due to the Boston bombings. The immigration bill/proposal is entitled, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.

In summary, the proposed bill creates a new legal immigrant status, referred to as Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI), which will allow the current undocumented population to earn lawful permanent resident (or green card) status in 10 years. Also, the bill/proposal eliminates U.S. citizen sponsorship of brothers or sisters and enacts an age limitation on U.S. citizen sponsorship of married children. Further, a new guest worker visa, W visa, is created and non-immigrant work visas numbers/availability will be increased. Lastly, a merit based visa system is created for skilled workers and all employers would be required to use the E-Verify system. The immigration bill/proposal still has a long road through hearing, amendments and approval from the House of Representatives before making it to President Obama’s desk for signature and enactment into law.

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