The Senate Judiciary Committee continued its consideration of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act May 14, adopting 15 amendments as it worked through the border security section of the bill and into the section on nonimmigrant visas.
Provisions for nonimmigrant visas will be the focus of immigration reform efforts when the Senate Judiciary Committee resumes its consideration of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act on May 14. On May 9, the committee voted on amendments to the border-security section of the bill.
The expansion of E-Verify, the employee eligibility verification system, would be a crucial component of reform, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said April 23 before the Senate Judiciary Committee. DHS is exploring the possibility of mobile E-Verify sites that can serve agricultural and other rural employers.
An immigration reform bill proposal unveiled April 17 by a bipartisan group of eight senators would tie a path to citizenship for the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants to increased border security measures.
The budget for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services would be $3.219 billion under the fiscal 2014 budget President Obama submitted to Congress April 10, a 2.36 percent inflation-adjusted increase from its estimated fiscal 2013 budget.
ICE's detention and removal budget (part of salaries and expenses), which comprises nearly half of its overall budget, would decline 8.36 percent. Within it, custody operations would fall 12.44 percent to $1.845 billion, and fugitive operations would fall 20.93 percent to $126 million.
The migration of Mexicans into the United States is set to return to the levels seen in the early 2000s, but won't reach the high levels of the 1990s any time soon, according to an estimate from the Migration Policy Institute. From 2011-2017, MPI estimates that the net flow of Mexicans into the United States will be about 258,000 annually--a figure derived mainly from economic factors.
The Associated Press renewed scrutiny of the term "illegal immigrant" with its announcement April 2 that it no longer permits the term's use under the widely followed AP Stylebook. "'Illegal' should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally," Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll wrote in her explanation of the change, which reflects a broader trend in the Stylebook to shun terms that label people.
Seattle-area jail inmates who are subject to detainer requests from immigration authorities remain in jail for about a month longer on average than other inmates--even though the requests only call for detention for up to 48 hours, a University of Washington study says.
A federal judge has blocked parts of a 2011 Indiana immigration law, including a portion that gave local law enforcement officers the ability to arrest anyone with a removal order from an immigration court. "Federal immigration law consists of a veritable tapestry of individual regulatory and policy threads woven together to create a balanced whole," wrote Judge Sarah Evans Barker.