CIR is the name used to describe immigration reform that is being discussed in Congress to reform a severely outdated immigration system. CIR will address backlogs in the current immigration system for lawful residents and citizens who are trying to bring family members. In addition, CIR will also tackle how to bring out of the “shadows” the roughly estimated 11 million undocumented persons in the United States.
The Obama administration reacting to the overwhelming support of the Latino vote during his re-election, got started on immigration reform just days after his second inauguration. The Senate has given themselves a deadline of March 1, 2013 to put together a bill for CIR that embodies the principles outlined by the Obama administration. Once a bill is introduced in the Senate it will go through markups, Senate hearings and debated and voted on the floor of the Senate. To overcome any filibusters, the bill will need to receive at least 60 votes.
President Obama has outlined 4 core principles that are likely to be part of CIR:
Conclusion: CIR has been long overdue and Congress will be engaging in a lively discussion over the next several months. What is clear is that CIR will be landmark legislation that addresses the backlog in family petitions and employment petitions as well as address the estimated 11 million undocumented persons in the United States. The complete details and exact qualifications for CIR have yet to emerge, but stay tuned as we will update you as the details emerge!
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