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DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) 

capitol dome Federal policy issued in June 2012 allows young unauthorized immigrants who are low enforcement priorities to remain in the country temporarily. This brief summarizes the federal policy and examples of state responses related to driver's licenses, in-state tuition, health and legal service protections. Nov. 18, 2014.

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SENATE IMMIGRATION REFORM: S.744

American Flag The “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act" (S.744) passed the Senate 68-32 on June 27, 2013.  See NCSL's statement, bill summary, and section by section here. 

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HOUSE IMMIGRATION BILLS

News - House Immigration Bills This table contains a summary of five immigration bills introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013 related to mandates on immigration enforcement, mandates on E-Verify, agricultural worker visas, high-skilled visas and border enforcement.

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SENATE IMMIGRATION REFORM: S.744

American FlagThe “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act" (S.744) passed the Senate 68-32 on June 27, 2013.  See NCSL's statement, bill summary, and section by section here. 

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OVERVIEW | FEDERAL ISSUES

The federal government has jurisdiction over the terms and conditions for immigrants to reside in the United States, as well as responsibility for border and interior enforcement. In 2013, Congress is considering immigration reform, including improved enforcement measures, new temporary worker visas, and earned legalization for unauthorized immigrants.  In June, the U.S. Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform.  NCSL's 2-page summary of S.744, with links to the press statement, NCSL policy, NCSL Info Alert, the text of the bill and NCSL’s section by section summary, can be found here.  The U.S. House of Representatives introduced a series of immigration bills.  A two-page summary can be found here.

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  • Child Migrants to the United States

    This brief highlights recent trends in arrivals of unaccompanied children, an overview of the federal unaccompanied minor program, federal budget proposals, and benefit eligibility for unaccompanied migrant children.

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    The U.S. Constitution grants primacy over immigration policy to the federal government. States, however, are responsible for policies related to immigrants after they enter the country. States have been testing "immigration federalism," partly to assuage public concerns about immigration and partly to prod congressional action.

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