Decrease in attempts to cross border illegally
United States Customs and Border Protection
released a summary` of fiscal year 2012 border
enforcement efforts, which reflect the significant
results of historic levels of personnel, technology,
and resources the Department of Homeland Security
has dedicated to the Southwest border.
The White House issues fact sheet on immigration (continued from last week):
Cracking down on employers who hire
Mandatory, phased-in electronic employ-
ment verification: The President's proposal pro-
vides tools for employers to ensure a legal work force
by using federal government databases to verify that
the people they hire are eligible to work in the United
States. Penalties for hiring undocumented workers
are significantly increased, and new penalties are
established for committing fraud and identity theft.
The new mandatory program ensures the privacy and
confidentiality of all workers’ personal information
and includes important procedural protections.
Mandatory electronic employment verification would
be phased in over five years with exemptions for cer-
tain small businesses.
Combating fraud and identity theft: The proposal also mandates a fraud-resistant, tamper-resistant Social Security card and requires workers to use
fraud-and tamper-resistant documents to prove
authorization to work in the United States. The proposal also seeks to establish a voluntary pilot program to evaluate new methods to authenticate identity and combat identity theft.
Protections for all workers: The President’s
proposal protects workers against retaliation for
exercising their labor rights. It increases the penalties for employers who hire undocumented workers
to skirt the workplace standards that protect all
workers. And it creates a ‘labor law enforcement
fund’ to help ensure that industries that employ significant numbers of immigrant workers comply with
Pathway to earned citizenship:
Creating a provisional legal status:
Undocumented immigrants must come forward and
register, submit biometric data, pass criminal back-
ground and national security checks, and pay fees
and penalties before they will be eligible for a provi-
sional legal status. Agricultural workers and those
who entered the United States as children would be
eligible for the same program.
Streamlining legal immigration:
Keeping families together: The proposal seeks
to eliminate existing backlogs in the family-spon-
sored immigration system by recapturing unused
visas and temporarily increasing annual visa num-
The proposal also raises existing annual country
caps from 7 percent to 15 percent for the family-sponsored immigration system. It also treats same-sex families as families by giving US citizens and lawful permanent residents the ability to seek a visa on
the basis of a permanent relationship with a same-sex partner. The proposal also revises current unlawful presence bars and provides broader discretion to
waive bars in cases of hardship.
Cutting red tape for employers: The proposal
also eliminates the backlog for employment-spon-sored immigration by eliminating annual country
caps and adding additional visas to the system.
Outdated legal immigration programs are reformed
to meet current and future demands by exempting
certain categories from annual visa limitations.
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