Highlights of Senate Democrats's immigration proposal
Key facts on immigration proposal
- Establish "zero tolerance" for illegal border crossers by adding enforcement personnel, technology and tracking systems for departing foreigners.
- Over six years, issue new biometric Social Security cards linked to fingerprints and machine scanners to all U.S. workers and employers to verify work eligibility.
- Ease immigration for highly skilled foreign students in the sciences, and create a new temporary worker visa for low-skilled non-agricultural workers.
- Add protections for U.S. workers and wages, and grant redress to any American worker displaced by a temporary worker.
- Clear immigration backlog of close relatives waiting to be reunited with legal permanent U.S. residents within eight years.
- Register, fingerprint and screen 10.8 million illegal immigrants. After eight years, non-criminals who learn English and civics and pay taxes and fees may apply for permanent residency.
- Beef up Border Patrol, customs, immigration enforcement and judicial personnel.
- Expand use of sensors, military equipment, transport and tracking systems.
- Create a Border Patrol Auxiliary.
- Complete a system to verify fingerprints of foreigners exiting the country to confirm visa compliance.
- Begin issuing biometric Social Security cards within 18 months linked to fingerprints or other biometric identifier.
- Deploy a scanner system nationwide over six years that will require all employers to verify workers' eligibility using the cards.
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