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March 31, 2007

Policy Spotlight Summary of the STRIVE Act

Last Thursday, March 22, Representatives Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy (STRIVE) Act of 2007 (H.R. 1645). As the first bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill introduced this year, the STRIVE Act is expected to jump-start debate and - with the help of pro-immigrant advocates - could lead to an historic overhaul of our immigration system.

Fortunately for busy AILA members and immigration advocates, congressional staff have already provided a 12-page summary of the 697-page bill. The summary outlines key provisions contained in each of the bill's seven titles:

Title I - Border Enforcement
Title II - Interior Enforcement
Title III - Employment Verification
Title IV - New Worker Program
Title V - Visa Reforms
Title VI - Legalization of Undocumented Individuals
Title VII - Miscellaneous

As the summary makes clear, the STRIVE Act combines smart enforcement and border security provisions with an earned legalization program for undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. and a new worker program that provides legal channels for future immigrant workers. The legislation also addresses the backlogs and inefficiencies in the family-based and employment-based immigration system. AILA is hopeful that the STRIVE Act will serve as a catalyst to debate and generate the momentum, both in Congress and among pro-immigrant constituents, to make humane, comprehensive immigration reform a reality.

The 12-page summary, as well as a 4-page overview and all 697 pages of the STRIVE Act text, are available on InfoNet for AILA members.

Posted by VisaLawyer at March 31, 2007 06:59 AM

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