Immigration Reform: The President’s Plan versus the Senate’s

The president and Senate “gang of eight” introduced their proposals for comprehensive immigration reform this week. Both agree on key principles revolving around enforcement, employment, a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants, and solutions for problems plaguing the system. Several differences remain, however, as shown in the table below.

Surprisingly, a key sticking point is no longer the fate of the estimated 11 million plus undocumented immigrants, but that of lesbian and gay binational couples and their families, who number less than 30,000. Because of the Defense of Marriage Act, U.S. citizens and permanent residents are not able to sponsor their same-gender foreign-born partners and spouses, unlike their heterosexual counterparts. Conservatives in Congress warn against including an LGBT-inclusive provision in any comprehensive immigration legislation.

While the administration and GOP leadership appear committed to passing a bill this year, there are no guarantees about what form it will take.

immigration reformOriginally posted on Urban Institute’s MetroTrends and the Huffington Post.



2 thoughts on “Immigration Reform: The President’s Plan versus the Senate’s

  1. Although it’d be nice to have the President’s plan, I’m actually amazed that the Gang of 8 got something done. Unfortunately, the President’s plan would never make it through the Senate and the Senate’s plan may not make it through the House. I think most people don’t like the proposal which is usually called a good compromise. It’s a good starting point, and I’d vote for it, hoping for more changes in future Congresses.

    1. It’ll be interesting to see what the House’s own Gang of 8 comes up with. I plan on adding another column so we can compare and contrast. The final bill is ultimately what matters. I’m cautiously optimistic that there will be one. I’m not too confident about what will be included in it.

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