The Senate will consider the immigration bill, S. 744, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, in June. The legislation remains largely intact from the Gang of Eight’s original proposal.
S. 744 mandates e-verify; requires photo identification as part of the documentation; eliminates the patchwork of local immigration laws; provides new avenues for legal immigration; and creates a legal status for undocumented workers currently in the United States.
The bill also prohibits employers from “knowingly” hiring an undocumented worker. In addition, the bill includes a temporary worker program. However, the program places unique restrictions on the construction industry that prevent the industry from fully utilizing the future temporary worker visa program.
The House has not formally considered any legislation, but several proposals that deal with reform in a piecemeal basis have been introduced. The House is expected to begin consideration of legislation after the Senate acts on S. 744.