Passed legislation mandating additional reductions
A third of those were considered and 92 were incorporated into the bill by voice vote. 744 passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a vote of 13-5. Senators filed more than 500 amendments, but very few actually were offered on the floor or voted upon due to filibusters.
The primary exception, known as the “border surge” amendment, was introduced by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) and adopted by a vote of 67 to 27. 744 as amended passed the Senate on June 27, 2013 by a vote of 68-32. 744, it will be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration. 744, which contains proposals to raise revenue, the House is unlikely to simply take up the Senate bill, but could introduce essentially the same bill on the floor.
The bill mandates 24-hour surveillance of the border region using mobile, video, and portable systems, as well as unmanned aircraft, and deploys 1,000 distress beacon stations in areas where migrant deaths occur.
Interior enforcement against visa overstays is also increased.
Title one of the bill and its preamble address issues of border security, the oversight of the border, and the security goals (“triggers”) that must be achieved before other provisions of the bill are implemented.
This part of the bill establishes that the security of the border is a primary concern as part of a comprehensive strategy to ensure a functioning, fair, and effective immigration policy.
Title IV addresses existing visa programs for nonimmigrant workers and creates a new W visa for lesser-skilled workers, along with a government office to monitor the current employment numbers in the United States and adjust visa caps accordingly (sections 4101-4913).
Title V establishes a fund designed to provide job opportunities for low-income youth (sections 5101 to 5105).
The bill is broken into five large sections, or titles, each of which has many subparts. This guide to provide policymakers, the media, and the public with an easy-to-understand guide to the main components of S. The guide follows the structure of the bill, with a separate section addressing the cost-benefit analysis of S. The “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” or S.744, is a broad-based proposal for reforming the U. immigration system written by a bipartisan group of eight Senators known as the “Gang of Eight.” Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), John Mc Cain (R-AZ), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) drafted S. The bill addresses all aspects of the immigration process from border and enforcement issues to legal immigration reforms.The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) and Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits, and Security Act (Ag Jobs) are both incorporated into the RPI program, but applicants who qualify under those provisions will be eligible to obtain legal permanent resident status more rapidly.
Other aspects of the bill, such as changes in family and employment-based immigration categories, would go into effect gradually, giving DHS the opportunity to reduce extensive backlogs that have built up due to a lack of available visa numbers.
You may hear references to Border Security (Title I), Immigrant Visas (Title II), Interior Enforcement (Title III), Reforms to Nonimmigrant Visa Programs (Title IV), and Jobs for Youth (Title V), or you may hear individual portions of the bill referenced, such as section 2741.