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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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WHITE HOUSE IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ACTION

American FlagThis one-page brief summarizes President Obama's executive actions addressing border enforcement, deferred action for deportation and relief for legal immigrants on Nov. 20, 2014. 

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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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  • Immigrant Investor Visas (EB-5)

    The Immigrant Investor program was created under the Immigration Act of 1990 to help attract foreign investment and support job creation in rural or high unemployment areas.

  • White House Immigration Executive Action | Summary

    This page contains information about the changes to the immigration rules in the area of border enforcement, deferred action for deportation and relief for legal immigrants as a result of President Obama's executive action on Nov. 20, 2014.

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