Draft Standards for Step-by-Step Immigration Reform

We all saw how the Democratic-run Senate approached immigration reform: another 1,000+ page bill chock full of loopholes and pushed through without proper scrutiny.  Speaker Boehner addressed this issue last June:

“Anything as far-reaching, as complex, and as permanent as immigration reform should not be enacted without broad bipartisan support.  Every day as ObamaCare is being implemented; Americans are reminded of what happens when you have big legislation rammed through Congress with minimum support .  So if immigration reform is going to work, it’s essential that we have the confidence of the American people and that it’s done the right way.”

That’s why, rather than simply take up the flawed Senate bill  – something the Speaker has said several times the House will not do – Republican leaders promised to take a step-by-step, common-sense approach.  That work has resulted in this draft of common-sense standards that would guide our effort, which starts with securing our borders, enforcing our laws, and implementing robust enforcement measures:

Draft Standards for Step-by-Step Immigration Reform

For additional background, below is a side-by-side comparison of the draft House standards and the Senate bill:

Immigration Reform: Draft House Standards vs. Senate Bill


Now, here’s what Speaker Boehner said to House Republicans about these draft standards:  

“I have been clear that that I oppose the massive, flawed immigration reform bill passed by the Democratic-controlled Senate.  I’ve been clear that the House will not take it up or engage in negotiations with the Senate on it… We will address this issue in a step-by-step, common sense fashion that starts with securing our nation’s borders and enforcing our nation’s laws.  I believe these standards represent a fair, principled way for us to solve this issue, beginning with securing our borders and enforcing our laws.  If you have good ideas for improving these standards, we want to hear it.”

The Speaker wants to hear your ideas too.  Comment below and let us know what you think.