This week the Senate Judiciary Committee started to discuss the newly-introduced immigration bill, and they will begin the “mark up” process in the next couple week, where committee members will have the chance to introduce and debate amendments. Senator Leahy, Committee Chair, has set a goal of getting the bill through the committee before the Memorial Day recess. After that, Majority Leader Harry Reid will have the opportunity to bring the bill to the Senate floor for debate and a potential vote.
This is a lengthy, complex, and historic bill. Thank you to those of you who were able to join us for last week’s national We Were Strangers, Too conference call to discuss the Jewish community’s initial analysis of the bill and what it would mean for our community. If you missed the call, click here to listen to an audio recording. Also, here are some additional resources and talking points about the immigration bill from various partner organizations:
- Summary and analysis from the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), which includes detailed analysis of provisions related to Border Security (Title I), Immigrant Visas (Title II), and Interior Enforcement (Title III).
- Analysis from Alliance from Citizenship (A4C), which provides summary and analysis of the entire bill.
- Summary from the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA) and American Immigration Council (AIC), which provides a section-by-section outline of the entire bill.
- Infographic from Quartz and the Center for American Progress (CAP), which provides a flowchart detailing the bill’s proposed paths to citizenship.
- Sign-on letter from Refugee Council USA (RCUSA), which thanks the “gang of 8” senators for the various refugee, asylum, and statelessness provisions included in their bill.
- Talking points from the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), which discuss the proposed family immigration overhaul including its potential impact on Asian Americans.
- Analysis from the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), entitled “First Steps Toward Immigration Reform: The Good and the Bad in S. 744.”
- Editorial from the New York Times, in which Lawrence Downes goes through various observations, notes, and initial analysis.
- Various press releases from Senator Rubio’s office, which outline “myths vs. facts” related to granting immediate status, amnesty, and proof of residency requirements.
- Frequently Asked Questions document in Spanish.