Tag Archives: Border Security

U.S. House of Representatives Debates U.S. Immigration Policy

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives began debate on two immigration bills aiming to enhance border and interior enforcement of immigration law, among other matters. The two bills were the result of House Republican Majority discussion on approaches to effectively address the Administration’s call to secure America’s borders and provide for Deferred Action Childhood … Continue Reading

The Logic of Immigration Policy Reform – It’s about People and That’s why the Policy is so Difficult

Immigration Policy is broken.  We all agree.  How should we fix it and why haven’t we been able to fix it over the last two decades?   There is a multifaceted answer to this question, but Congress has been unable to agree on how to deal with the policy changes.  We have had numerous attempts and … Continue Reading

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Proposes New Biometric Identity Collection Program

As published in the Federal Register today, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is requesting comments on the introduction of a newly developed biometric-based entry and exit program. This program will be applied to non-exempt non-U.S. citizens entering and exiting the United States. According to the CBP, the purpose of this national security measure … Continue Reading

Essential Worker Immigration Coalition Releases Reaction to House Republican Standards for Immigration Reform

The Essential Worker Immigration Coalition (“EWIC”), co-chaired by Greenberg Traurig Business Immigration & Compliance Practice Co-Chair Laura Reiff, issued the below reaction to the release of Republican standards for immigration reform following the annual House Republican retreat held this week.  Reaction to the Release of the Republican Standards: IMMIGRATION REFORM IS KEY PRIORITY FOR THE … Continue Reading

There is Still Time for Immigration Reform

As we begin the second half of the 113th Congress, the question of whether immigration reform is possible is in the forefront of the Obama Administration and federal legislators’ minds. The political environment is tense. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is distrustful of the White House and its agencies. The issues surrounding healthcare reform, the … Continue Reading

Bipartisan Policy Center Releases Policy Recommendations to Advance Immigration Debate

On August 15, 2013, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a non-profit policy organization headquartered in Washington, DC, released a report of policy recommendations for revitalizing the initiative to enact comprehensive immigration reform. The BPC’s Immigration Task Force, co-chaired by former Secretaries Condoleezza Rice and Henry Cisneros and former governors Haley Barbour and Ed Rendell, based … Continue Reading

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Proceeds to Senate Floor, Heated Debate Expected to Follow

On June 11th, the U.S. Senate voted to move the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” (S. 744), the comprehensive immigration reform bill drafted by the “Gang of Eight,” to the floor for debate, where it is expected to face dozens of amendments in the coming weeks. The final vote to begin debate … Continue Reading

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill, Clearing Path to Debate by the Full Senate

On May 20, 2013, comprehensive immigration reform legislation cleared a significant hurdle toward passage with a bipartisan vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee that moves the landmark bill to consideration by the full Senate next month. The 13-5 vote on The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, which moved through the committee process … Continue Reading

Essential Worker Immigration Coalition Releases Two Statements Articulating Positions on Comprehensive Immigration Reform Package

The Essential Worker Immigration Coalition (EWIC)*, a coalition of businesses, trade associations, and other industry organizations that support reform of current U.S. immigration policy, has issued two recent statements in connection with the start of “mark-up,” the process by which the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee debates proposed amendments to the comprehensive immigration reform bill known … Continue Reading