With today’s introduction (or re-introduction, really) of two immigration-related bills in the house, it is becoming clearer that President Obama’s stated intent to address comprehensive immigration reform this year is serious.
The first piece, the reintroduced Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security Act, or AgJOBS, presents revised immigration policy aimed at changing the relationship between Ag and farm employers and their temporary or permanent immigrant workers.
The second, the DREAM Act, first introduced in 2007, is focused on immigrant students, high-school and college, who came to the US when they were younger than 16, and have now graduated high-school and either some college or two years of military service.
It provides a path to permanent residence, and eventually, citizenship.
Both bills were reintroduced in both the Senate and the House, and both have sufficient co-sponsorship that they are viewed as having broad bipartisan support.
The text of both bills (both Senate and House versions) will be available via The Library of Congress’ Thomas search engine.
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