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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 and legal service protections. June 30, 2013.

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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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COMMON IMMIGRATION TERMS

Common Immigration TermsThese definitions include commonly used terms for immigrants and the conditions for their admission to the United States, as well as new terms created under the 1996 welfare reform law. The definitions follow a continuum of permanent to temporary to unauthorized immigrants.

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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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NCSL Summit 2014

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  • Immigration Reform and State Trends

    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.

  • 2013 Immigration Report

    This report summarizes state legislative action on immigration-related legislation during the sessions.

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