Update on Immigration Reform
Despite the release of the House’s Principles on Immigration Reform, we don’t expect much meaningful action on this matter until the spring and summer of 2014, when most GOP primaries will be finished. Thereafter, the released GOP standards for immigration reform are likely to continue to progress. The proposed step-by-step approach proposed by the House includes: successfully securing borders; the full implementation of an entry-exit system; a ‘zero tolerance’ for those who cross the border illegally or may have overstayed their visas; reforming the visa process for high and low skilled workers; implementation of an electronic employment verification system; providing an opportunity for the legalization of children who were brought to the U.S. as youth; and a potentially lengthy path to legalization for other undocumented immigrants. There are many details that will need to be worked out, but it is encouraging to see the release of these Principles. Stay tuned for additional information.