During Shutdown, House Democrats Introduce Immigration Reform Bill
House Democrats Joe Garcia, Jared Polis, Judy Chu, Suzan DelBene and Steven Horsford introduced comprehensive immigration reform legislation Wednesday that would provide a path for millions of existing illegal immigrants to gain legal status. The legislation seeks to increase border security and solve the nation's immigration issue. It also would allow undocumented workers - including farm workers - to be eligible for an immigrant visa status - as long as they have worked for 575 hours or 100-work days of agricultural employment for two-years ending December 31, 2012. They also would have to pay a penalty and pass background checks. These blue card holders could then apply for permanent residency after five-years - as long as they continue to work in agriculture, pay their taxes and pay a fine. They could then apply for citizenship after being permanent residents for five-years.
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