Issue Spotlight: Immigration
Last week, President Obama announced a new Dept. of Homeland Security policy regarding immigration and the deportation of young people. He said that "eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization."
According to the Dept. of Homeland Security, "certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings." The criteria includes having come to the US under the age of 16, continuously resided in the US for a least five years and are under 30; are currently in school, have graduated from high school, or are honorably discharged veterans -- and have not been convicted of a significant misdemeanor or felony offense.
As the nation discusses immigration policy, POPVOX would like to share the immigration bills that are among the most popular on our platform. We hope you'll share this Issue Spotlight with your friends and networks and weigh in on these and other immigration bills.
Issue Spotlight: Immigration
- HR 3012 The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants. (Also, S 1857)
(1,585 users have weighed in so far: 73% supporting | 27% opposing)
- HR 140 The Birthright Citizenship Act amends section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to clarify those classes of individuals born in the United States who are nationals and citizens of the United States at birth. (Also, S 723)
(1,326 users have weighed in so far: 69% supporting | 31% opposing)
- HR 43 Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the diversity immigrant program and to re-allocate those visas to certain employment-based immigrants who obtain an advanced degree in the United States.
(1,155 users have weighed in so far: 77% supporting | 23% opposing)
- HR 45 The Criminal Alien Accountability Act amends section 276 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to impose mandatory sentencing ranges with respect to aliens who reenter the United States after having been removed.
(1,010 users have weighed in so far: 80% supporting | 20% opposing)
- HR 3166 The Enemy Expatriation Act adds engaging in or supporting hostilities against the United States to the list of acts for which United States nationals would lose their nationality. (Also, S 1698)
(1,000 users have weighed in so far: 11% supporting | 89% opposing)
- S 565 The StartUp Visa Act establishes an employment-based immigrant visa for alien entrepreneurs who have received significant capital from investors to establish a business in the United States. (Also, HR 1114)
(616 users have weighed in so far: 50% supporting | 50% opposing)
- S 952 The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act authorizes the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children. (Also, HR 1842)
(597 users have weighed in so far: 41% supporting | 59% opposing)
- HR 218 The People Resolved to Obtain an Understanding of Democracy (PROUD) Act amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for naturalization for certain high school graduates.
(356 users have weighed in so far: 28% supporting | 72% opposing)
- HR 250 Provides discretionary authority to an immigration judge to determine that an alien parent of a US citizen child should not be ordered removed, deported, or excluded from the US.
(245 users have weighed in so far: 37% supporting | 63% opposing)
- S 1258 The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act provides for comprehensive immigration reform.
(173 users have weighed in so far: 36% supporting | 64% opposing)
- HR 1796 The Reuniting Families Act amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to promote family unity.
(101 users have weighed in so far: 56% supporting | 44% opposing)
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