Everything you need to know about comprehensive immigration reform

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CURATED BY Dara Lind

2014-06-01 12:49:59 -0400

  1. What is immigration reform?
  2. Who are the immigrants currently in the United States?
  3. How many immigrants enter the country each year?
  4. How does legal immigration work right now?
  5. What is the difference between a high-skilled and low-skilled immigrant?
  6. What is an unauthorized immigrant?
  7. How does the United States patrol its borders?
  8. How does deportation work?
  9. How has the Obama Administration changed deportation policy?
  10. What is the DREAM Act?
  11. Can immigrants receive public benefits?
  12. What is the Senate immigration reform bill?
  13. What is the path to citizenship in the Senate bill?
  14. How does the Senate immigration bill handle border security?
  15. Who would be allowed to come to the United States under the Senate bill? Who could stay?
  16. How would the number of immigrants change under the Senate bill?
  17. What is E-Verify?
  18. What is an entry-exit visa system?
  19. What are some alternatives to the Senate bill?
  20. How could Obama reform the immigration system on his own?
  21. What are individual states doing on immigration?
  22. What did the 1986 immigration reform bill do?
  23. Who supports immigration reforms like the Senate bill?
  24. Who opposes immigration reforms like the Senate bill?
  25. You didn't answer my question!
  26. What else should I be reading on the subject?
  27. How have these cards changed?
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    What is immigration reform?

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    Who are the immigrants currently in the United States?

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    How many immigrants enter the country each year?

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    How does legal immigration work right now?

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    What is the difference between a high-skilled and low-skilled immigrant?

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    What is an unauthorized immigrant?

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    How does the United States patrol its borders?

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    How does deportation work?

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    How has the Obama Administration changed deportation policy?

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    What is the DREAM Act?

    The DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act was a proposed federal law that would cover young adults aged 15 to 29 who came into the country as children and have gone to college or served in the military. It would give these DREAMers legal status and allow them to apply for citizenship eventually.

    The DREAM Act was first proposed in 2003 and last came up for a vote in 2010 — it passed the House but was blocked in the Senate by a Republican filibuster. Comprehensive immigration reform bills (such as the 2006 and 2007 bills proposed under President Bush, as well as the Senate immigration bill passed last year) contain a section that allows DREAMers to obtain legal status and eventual citizenship more quickly than other unauthorized immigrants.

    As of May 2014, 21 states have their own DREAM Act laws that would grant in-state tuition at public colleges to undocumented immigrants who have grown up in the state. These are different from the federal DREAM Act, since states can't grant legal status or citizenship to undocumented immigrants.

    In 2012, President Obama launched the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allowed DREAMers to apply for work permits and protection from deportation. This is often mistakenly referred to as Obama implementing the DREAM Act, but it isn't as permanent as the DREAM Act would have been, since immigrants have to re-apply every two years.

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    Can immigrants receive public benefits?

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    What is the Senate immigration reform bill?

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    What is the path to citizenship in the Senate bill?

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    How does the Senate immigration bill handle border security?

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    Who would be allowed to come to the United States under the Senate bill? Who could stay?

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    How would the number of immigrants change under the Senate bill?

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    What is E-Verify?

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    What is an entry-exit visa system?

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    What are some alternatives to the Senate bill?

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    How could Obama reform the immigration system on his own?

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    What are individual states doing on immigration?

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    What did the 1986 immigration reform bill do?

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    Who supports immigration reforms like the Senate bill?

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    Who opposes immigration reforms like the Senate bill?

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    You didn't answer my question!

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    What else should I be reading on the subject?

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    How have these cards changed?

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