Immigration reform continues to draw attention from Congress and the Administration as the legislative year draws to a close. On Nov. 5, President Obama and Vice President Biden met with business leaders at the White House to discuss the economic benefits of immigration reform, and ask the attendees to press action on the issue with Congressional leaders. In the House, Republican members are starting to express support for moving a comprehensive bill similar to the “Gang of Eight” measure that passed the Senate earlier this year. However, at this time the group is a minority unlikely to move the currently stalled measure.
NMHC/NAA remain committed to comprehensive immigration reform that simplifies the current patchwork of regulations for property owners and managers, allows employers to verify the immigration status of prospective employees, and provides visa programs to supplement the domestic labor market where shortfalls exist.
On Nov. 13, 2013 Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) dealt what may be the most decisive blow to a possible negotiation on immigration in the 113th Congress, saying he would not negotiate, or “conference” with the Senate on the immigration reform bill they passed earlier this year. Many had hoped that the “Gang of Eight” bill, having drawn bipartisan support in the Senate, would prompt action on the issue in the House, but at this time that does not appear to be the case. Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has repeatedly indicated he will move a series of smaller, targeted bills concerning immigration reform in the 113th Congress, but has not clarified his preferred strategy past that point at this time.
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- Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee to Urge Reform and Reauthorize of the EB-5 Regional Center Program Before It Expires on September 30
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- Senate Spends Week Debating Immigration, Both Parties Leave Empty Handed
- Immigration Reform an Ongoing Challenge for Congress in 2018