bipartisan Senate group working on comprehensive immigration reform announced
that they expect to introduce legislation the week of April 8. The
Senators are putting the finishing touches on their general agreement and staff
will be drafting the bill during the recess. Mark-up in the Senate
Judiciary Committee is not expected until May.
House leadership has been holding listening sessions with members. The
bipartisan House group that has been meeting for several years is also expected
to unveil their proposal in April, although it is uncertain if they will have
legislative language ready or whether it will be a set of principles.
NACo Board of Directors unanimously adopted a new resolution at the legislative
conference that calls for comprehensive immigration reform that:
for uniform enforcement of all existing laws
a national strategy for coordination among federal, state, local and tribal
a sensible and orderly guest worker program
no unfunded mandates on state and local governments
no mandates on counties to enforce immigration laws
the eligibility of legal non-citizens for federally-funded health benefits and
provides a sustainable funding stream to counties for their cost of providing
health services to legal non-citizens who are denied federally-funded health
an earned path to citizenship that includes registering, background checks,
demonstrating employment, learning English and civics, paying back taxes and
fees that may be required
and simplifies the current legal immigration system
green cards for science, technology, engineering and mathematics students who
have received a graduate degree from American universities.
recess gives county officials an opportunity to meet with their members of
Congress in support of NACo’s position on comprehensive immigration
reform. In addition to personal meetings, NACo recommends that members
try to attend their town hall meetings. NACo has prepared a policy
brief that you can use for your discussions. Individualized talking
points from NACo are available.
Marilina Sanz 202.942.4260