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Immigration Reform Legislation Abounds in the 111th Congress

February 9, 2009
FAIRUS.org

The 111th Congress has been in session for just over a month, and already legislators have introduced 65 immigration-related bills: 45 in the House and 20 in the Senate. These bills range in topics from enforcement to amnesty and represent a wide variety of interests and ideologies.  As a component of this week's Legislative Update, FAIR has culled 9 true immigration reform bills that have been introduced in the past month. 

While these bills may never reach the House or Senate floors, they provide good examples of some of the efforts true immigration reformers are making in Congress on behalf of the American people.  (The information regarding bills included in this update article was copied completely from the Thomas Database).

Bills offered in the House of Representatives include:

  • H.R.19
    Title: To require employers to conduct employment eligibility verification.
    Sponsor: Rep Calvert, Ken [CA-44] (introduced 1/6/2009)      Cosponsors (10)
    Latest Major Action: 1/6/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
  • H.R.126
    Title: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to limit citizenship at birth, merely by virtue of birth in the United States, to persons with citizen or legal resident mothers.
    Sponsor: Rep Gallegly, Elton [CA-24] (introduced 1/6/2009)      Cosponsors (None)
    Latest Major Action: 1/6/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
  • H.R.373
    Title: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to render inadmissible and deportable certain aliens convicted of drunk driving, and for other purposes.
    Sponsor: Rep Flake, Jeff [AZ-6] (introduced 1/9/2009)      Cosponsors (None)
    Latest Major Action: 1/9/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
  • H.R.878
    Title: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to make changes related to family-sponsored immigrants and to reduce the number of such immigrants.
    Sponsor: Rep Gingrey, Phil [GA-11] (introduced 2/4/2009)      Cosponsors (19)
    Latest Major Action: 2/4/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
  • H.R.892
    Title: To deny certain Federal funds to any institution of higher education that admits as students aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States.
    Sponsor: Rep Myrick, Sue Wilkins [NC-9] (introduced 2/4/2009)      Cosponsors (None)
    Latest Major Action: 2/4/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

Immigration-related bills introduced in the Senate include:

  • S.84
    Title: A bill to close the loophole that allowed the 9/11 hijackers to obtain credit cards from United States banks that financed their terrorist activities, to ensure that illegal immigrants cannot obtain credit cards to evade United States immigration laws, and for other purposes.
    Sponsor: Sen. Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/6/2009)      Cosponsors (3)
    Latest Major Action: 1/6/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
  • S.91
    Title: A bill to reduce the amount of financial assistance provided to the Government of Mexico in response to the illegal border crossings from Mexico into the United States, which serve to dissipate the political discontent with the higher unemployment rate within Mexico.
    Sponsor: Sen. Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/6/2009)      Cosponsors (None)
    Latest Major Action: 1/6/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
  • S.203
    Title: A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify the requirements for participation in the visa waiver program and for other purposes.
    Sponsor: Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [CA] (introduced 1/12/2009)      Cosponsors (1)
    Latest Major Action: 1/12/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
  • S.339
    Title: A bill to provide financial aid to local law enforcement officials along the Nation's borders, and for other purposes.
    Sponsor: Sen. Bingaman, Jeff [NM] (introduced 1/28/2009)      Cosponsors (1)
    Latest Major Action: 1/28/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

For a complete list of all immigration-related legislation that has been introduced in the 111th Congress, see FAIR's Legislation page.
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The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a national, nonprofit, public-interest, membership organization of concerned citizens who share a common belief that our nation's immigration policies must be reformed to serve the national interest.

FAIR seeks to improve border security, to stop illegal immigration, and to promote immigration levels consistent with the national interest-more traditional rates of about 300,000 a year.

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