A group of Eight powerful US Senators and Barack Obama have proposed new sweeping legislative changes to Immigration Law. These changes would fundamentally alter who can receive a green card and how they can go about doing it. There appears to be a few key points from the proposed legislation:
- No legislation has been passed yet. As a result, the “new law” does not exist yet. You may be eligible for an immigration benefit under current law.
- The proposed legislation will require background checks for criminal history, payment of taxes, learning English and civics, a demonstrated history of work in the United States, as well as a current employment, among other requirements.
- There will be a separate program for agricultural workers to receive their green card. This program will be different from non-agricultural workers.
- There will be an additional component for strengthening the US-Mexico and US-Canada border.
- People who are here illegally may be required to return to their home country in order to receive lawful status.
- Enhance the employment-verification system to prevent unauthorized workers.
- For those who are in the US illegally, they may be required to wait until everyone who is currently waiting for a green card receives one.