S. 1348/S. 1639 - The Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Reform Act
The White House/Senate compromise immigration bill, negotiated during the summer of 2007, attempted to provide more resources for enforcement, establish a temporary worker program, replace the current family- and employer-based immigration system with a point system, and legalize undocumented immigrants. The bill also included the DREAM Act to legalize undocumented immigrant students and AgJOBS to legalize undocumented farmworkers. S. 1348 and S. 1639.
H.R. 7255 - Immigration Oversight and Fairness Act of 2008
Sponsored by Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), H.R. 7255, the Immigration Oversight and Fairness Act of 2008 would implement important reforms to the immigration detention system. In recent years, immigration detention and deportation rates have risen dramatically, with more than 30,000 people in detention on any given day and more than 300,000 deported in 2007 alone. This bill would improve detainee access to telephones and medical care, promote alternatives to detention, and protect unaccompanied children apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security.
H.R. 1176 - Child Citizen Protection Act
First introduced in 2006 by Congressman José E. Serrano (D-NY), H.R. 1176, the Child Citizen Protection Act would restore partial discretion to immigration judges in cases where removal of an immigrant is clearly against the best interest of a child that is a United States citizen. Currently, there is no discretion to consider the harm separation would cause to the U.S. citizen child.
H.R. 1645 - The Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act (STRIVE Act)
Introduced by Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), H.R. 1645, the Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act sought to tighten border security and interior enforcement, establish a stronger employment verification system, provide a program for future flow of immigrant workers, overhaul the family immigration system, create an earned legalization program for undocumented people in the U.S., and facilitate integration.