February 4, 2013
In his Immigration address in Las Vegas last week, President Obama urged Congress to move forward quickly on the issue, saying “the Time Is Now" to pass Immigration Reform and “get it done". Encouraged that key members of Congress from both parties have announced a deal on a Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the President went on to say that if Congress does not move forward quickly to pass Immigration Reform, he intends to send up his own Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill to Congress and "insist that they vote on it right away."
During his speech, Obama laid out the "key markers" which he believes must be included in the final immigration reform law, including a pathway to a Green Card and Citizenship for millions of immigrants who are currently in the U.S. illegally "We all agree that these men and women should have to earn their way to citizenship," he said. "It won't be a quick process, but it will be a fair process."
In a Fact Sheet released by the White House, the President further outlines his key proposals, including:
Pathway to Earned Citizenship -Create a provisional legal status, then a path to a Green Card and ultimately U.S. Citizenship for millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally.
Earned Citizenship for DREAMers- Allow DREAMers (Children brought to the U.S. before age 16 by their parents) to earn Citizenship by going to college or serving in the Military for at least two years.
Keep Families Together- Double the number of Family Visas to reduce waiting times and confer the same rights on same-sex families to sponsor “spouses" which currently exists for U.S. citizens and U.S. Residents. This will enable gays and lesbians the ability to obtain a Green Card for a “same-sex partner", which under current law, only applies to heterosexual couples.
“Staple" green cards to advanced STEM diplomas- Conferring Green Cards on foreign graduate students educated in a U.S. college in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) who have job offers.
Create a “startup visa" for job-creating entrepreneurs – Provide more opportunities for foreign entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses in the U.S., as well as to obtain Green Cards.
You can see the Video of the President’s speech on Immigration Reform and read the Fact Sheet by visiting our website at: www.ImmigrateToday.comand clicking on the Immigration Newsletter.