Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The promise of the passage of a comprehensive bill looked hopeful last June when the U.S. Senate passed bill S. 744 which included a path for legalization for unauthorized immigrants, an expansion of E-Verify, an increase in the number of temporary work visas and a plan to clear the immigrant visa backlogs. The bill would have been the first overhaul of our immigration system since 1986. However, a bipartisan vote was not reached as the House did not support the comprehensive plan.