Immigration Reform News: What To Expect In The 2013 Bill

on April 16 2013 12:52 PM
Immigration Reform
Anais Arias-Aragon poses for pictures with her certificate after receiving proof of U.S. citizenship during a ceremony in San Francisco, Calif., on Jan. 30, 2013. President Barack Obama said in January that he believes it is possible to get an overhaul of the U.S. immigration system by the end of 2012 year if not the first half of 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

The eight senators who worked on a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill are expected to unveil their plan later today.

A summary obtained by the International Business Times shows that lawmakers will be tough on border security, requiring strengthened surveillance along the U.S.'s southern border. There is also a promised path to citizenship that will include penalty fees.

Here’s a brief look at what you can expect in the 2013 immigration reform bill:

-- $4.5 billion appropriation toward border security, which includes fencing, drones and an additional 3,500 border patrol agents;

-- Out of status immigrants living in the U.S. before Dec. 31, 2011, can apply for legal status and pay a $500 penalty fee and back taxes. The fee will not apply to Dreamers, or people covered by the Dream Act. Those convicted of certain crimes are ineligible;

-- Immigrants outside the U.S. who were in the U.S. before the Dec. 31, 2011, deadline can apply for re-entry, but only if they weren’t deported for a crime;

-- Immigrants can apply for lawful permanent resident status (i.e. green card) after 10 years;

-- Those under the Dream Act will get green cards in five years;

-- All employers will have to use E-verify over a five-year phase-in period. The phase-in period is much shorter for employers with more than 5,000 employees: two years;

-- The 65,000 yearly H-1B visa cap will increase to 110,000.

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