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Title: Immigration Security and Opportunity Act (Schumer Amendment)

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote on a motion to invoke cloture on an amendment of H.R. 2579 that authorizes residency for certain undocumented immigrants in exchange for a law that prohibits them from sponsoring their parents for legal status.

Highlights:

 

  • Authorizes permanent permanent resident status on a conditional basis for certain undocumented immigrants who entered the United States when they were under under the age of 18, as long as they’ve been continuously present since June 15, 2012 (Sec. 203).

  • Prohibits those who obtain residency from sponsoring their parents for legal status (Sec. 203).

  • Authorizes, but does not explicitly appropriate, $25 billion for border security measures, which would be subject to annual reporting requirements and congressional approval (Secs. 101-102).

  • Specifies that an undocumented immigrant who is serving in the Armed Forces is also eligible for residency, as well as any previous member who was released with honorable discharge (Sec. 203).

  • Prohibits residency for any undocumented immigrant who participates in the prosecution of an individual on the account of race, religion, nationality, or political opinion (Sec. 203).

  • Prohibits residency for any undocumented immigrant who has been convicted of any of the following (Sec. 203):

    • A felony punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year;

    • 3 or more misdemeanors not occurring on the same date; or

    • A crime of domestic violence, sexual abuse, burglary, unlawful gun possession, drug distribution or driving under the influence.

  • Requires a comparison of alternatives to a border wall in order to determine the most cost-effective method to border security, such as underground sensors, drones, and an increase in border personnel (Sec. 103).

  • Authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to waive these immigration policies on a case-by-case basis (Sec. 202).  

NOTE: INVOKING CLOTURE REQUIRES A 3/5 MAJORITY OF THE SENATE. IT IS NOT A VOTE ON THE PASSAGE OF THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION, BUT LIMITS FURTHER DEBATE TO 30 HOURS. CLOTURE IS TYPICALLY USED TO END A FILIBUSTER. A FAILED CLOTURE VOTE OFTEN PREVENTS THE LEGISLATION FROM EVER COMING TO A VOTE.

Title: Immigration Security and Opportunity Act (Schumer Amendment)

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