|October 22, 2013|
Previously published on October 21, 2013
The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act that was passed by the U.S. Senate in June is widely known for four much-reported and heavily negotiated components:
- Legalizing approximately 11 million undocumented people
- Strengthening border security
- Raising the annual quota on H-1-B professionals
- Expanding available visas for unskilled workers.
However, it also contains a number of lesser-known and less controversial provisions that could impact employers of foreign workers in important ways. Although the House of Representatives will likely debate and vote on a number of separate smaller bills, rather than formally take up the Senate bill, many of these lesser known provisions -- safely out of the critical glare of the media lights -- have a good chance of finding their way into any final immigration legislation that Congress passes in the short term.