For weeks, we have been writing about the bi-partisan Senate group that has been tasked with drafting a legislative bill that comprehensively overhauls the United States immigration system. It is believed that the senators will finalize and unveil the bill in the next few days, but the media claims to already know some of the key details.
One of the main proposals in the bill is expected to provide a path to citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. However, there are several stipulations to this proposal, as recently outlined by ABC News.
First, qualifying undocumented immigrants will first have to wait through a 10-year probationary period before being granted a green card.
Additionally, certain border security goals will also have to be met by the federal government before the green cards will be granted. Some of the goals include an operation border security plan, a completed fence around the border and a security system that tracks exits at airports and seaports.
The goals are also said to include 90 percent effectiveness in border enforcement and 100 percent border surveillance at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a report from the New York Times.
Next, it has been reported that several hundred thousand immigrants may not qualify for citizenship because of a deadline that will likely be imposed. Reportedly, the bill requires that immigrants must prove that they were in the country before Dec. 31, 2011, thus excluding anyone who entered the country after that date.
Other requirements to qualify for the pathway to citizenship are said to include evidence of a clean criminal record that proves the person is not a threat to safety and evidence of job stability that suggests the person will stay off of welfare.
Source: ABC News, "3 Leaked Immigration Reform Details You Need To Know," Ted Hesson, April 15, 2013