Part A: Legislation and Political context
Bill S.744 also known as Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act is a positive first step in moving toward a commonsense immigration system that meets the needs of all aspiring citizens. Bill S.744 addresses three main problems in regards to the immigration system issues. The first component of the bill hopes to create a stringent new border enforcement and deportation measures. The second component of the bill mandates that employers use an electronic employment eligibility verification system (E-Verify) And the last section of the bill provide a path to citizenship for several million of unauthorized immigrants. The bill also hopes to renovate the family immigration system. (Senate Immigration Reform Bill, 2011).
Bill S. 744 Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, was introduced at the Senate on April 16, 2013 (Senate Immigration Reform Bill, 2011). On May 21, 2013 the Judiciary committee issued a report to full chamber recommending that the bill to be considered further. Bill S. 744 was reported by Senator Leahy with an amendment in the nature of a substitute, report No. 113-40 (Senate Immigration Reform Bill, 2011). Bill S.744 was 1 in 4 bills that are reported out of committee. On June 27 2013, the bill was passed/agree in a Yea-Yay vote in the Senate, record Vote Number: 168 (Senate Immigration Reform Bill, 2011).
After the Senate passed bill S. 744, much controversy spiraled. A section of the bill that is causing great controversy is regarding the Border Protection measure sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the chairperson of the House homeland security committee. Sen. Jeff Sessions has opposed the me...
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...essions explains his opposition results from the populist defense of American workers, whose jobs and wages he believes are being destroyed by immigrant labor. For that reason, he opposes any efforts to legalize undocumented immigrants and increase legal immigration. He has urged his fellow Republicans to take up support his defense by opposing immigration to help working and middle-class citizens (Kolodziej, 2015). According to Session "What sense does it make to continue legally importing millions of low-wage workers to fill jobs while sustaining millions of current residents on welfare?" (Kolodziej, 2015). In accordance with Sessions many conservative republican are agreeing that an immigration reform will not solve any problems instead, it will bring more issues upon the nation. It obvious that much controversy has rose, with many for S.744 and many against it.
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