Photo: Proposed Immigration Reform
As the bipartisan group of U.S. Senator’s known as the “Gang of Eight” gets ready to introduce comprehensive immigration reform legislation details are slowing leaking out as to what the bill will contain.
AP is reporting that any undocumented individual that illegally entered the U.S. after December 31, 2011 will not be granted a path to citizenship. Individuals deemed qualified to apply for citizenship must show gainful employment and “financial stability” to ensure they will not be a burden to the government. Citizenship candidates cannot have a criminal record, which could include misdemeanors.
The path to citizenship for qualified individuals will be a 13-year process. It is not known how many of the estimated 11 million undocumented will qualify for citizenship under the current proposed guidelines.
Another aspect of the proposed legislation will require employers to verify the legal status of their workforce. Many states already mandate employers verify legal status through the E-Verify program.
Once the immigration bill is introduced, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings which could happen as early as next week. The bill could be ready for a Senate vote as early as May 6, 2013 some insiders say.
The proposed legislation may dramatically alter through the hearing and vote process.