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Goals for Immigration
Make sure immigrants pay taxes .
Require employers to verify that all employees are legal.
Pass a long-term solution that fixes the immigration problem once and for all.
Do more to secure the border to stop people from entering the country illegally
Prevent employers from lowering wages by exploiting immigrant workers.
Prevent illegal immigrants from coming onto the country in the future.
Ensure that immigrants who came to the United States illegally become legal
and have opportunity to work toward citizenship.
Help unite families and have the opportunity to work toward citizenship.
Help unite families here that have been separated by our current immigration
Current State of Reform
“Border Security, Economic
Opportunity, and Immigration
Modernization Act” (S.744)
S.744 was passed by the senate on June
Eligibility Requirements for RPI Status:
Must show physical presence in the US on or before 12/31/11.
Must show continues presence in the US since 12/31/11 until granted
-Brief, casual, and innocent absences are ok.
-Derivatives (spouse & children) mush show presence & continues
presence since 12/31/12.
Pass background check.
Satisfy any applicable Federal tax liability.
Pay $1000 penalty before renewal of RPI status + application piece.
Restrictions to getting
Has a conviction for: a felony, an aggravated felony, 3 or
more misdemeanors, unlawful voting, and a foreign
offense (certain expectations apply).
Is inadmissible under 212(a) [unless waived or meet
Reasonable grounds to believe is engaged or is likely to
engage in terrorist activity.
On April 16, 2013 was:
-A refugee or asylee.
-Lawfully present in the US in nonimmigrant status.
What does RPI status
Admitted into lawful status valid for 6 years.
-Will not be nonimmigrant status.
Lawful work permit.
Ability to travel outside the US (certain restrictions
Remains eligible for RPI status and status has not been revoked.
-Regularly employed (no brief periods >60 days) AND not likely to become
-Average RPI income was not less than 100% of the federal poverty level; OR
-Attended school full time.
-Unless meet expectations due to age, disability, family, temporary reasons, etc.
OR are granted a Hardship waiver.
Satisfied any applicable Federal tax liability.
Pass another background check.
Payment of penalty before renewal + Application fee.
RPI for at least 5 years.
Under 16 when initially entered the US.
High School diploma or its equivalent.
At least 2 years of higher education (or received a higher
education degree) or served at least 4 years in the Uniform
Once a legal permanent resident dreamers are immediately
illegible to naturalize.
Please watch this video and learn about the “dream” and how
you can help >>http://youtu.be/zfiInvpjPtI
Path for Agriculture
To qualify for “blue card” status applicant
Have performed at least 575 hours or 100 work days of agriculture
employment during a two-year period ending December 31, 2012.
Pay penalty and pass background checks.
Meet certain admissibility requirements & not subject to criminal
Agriculture Workers have a 10-year path
way to citizenship
Blue card holders may apply for LPR status 5 years after enactment of the bill
if they have continued to work in agriculture, paid their taxes, and pay a fine.
Can apply for citizenship after 5 years as LPRs
How You Can Help
For more information on senate bill 744 visit..
-National Immigration Law Center- www.nclr.org
To join in the debate and push congress to pass a 21st
century reform please visit any of these advocacy sites: