Comprehensive Immigration Reform For America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009

December 15, 2009 - Congressman Luis Gutierrez has introduced legislation for comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. House of Representatives, Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity (CIR ASAP) Act of 2009. The legislation contains provisions for a guest worker program, legalization for certain illegal aliens as well as a path to citizenship for undocumented aliens.

With this proposed legislation, aliens in an illegal or undocumented status in the United States will have a path to legalization and citizenship after meeting some conditions. It also provides an opportunity for undocumented workers to have work authorizations. The legislation further aims to keep families together by reforming the laws on how aliens who have family members in the United States are deported while addressing the long waiting lines for immigration visas by providing additional visas for those in line.

Among the items addressed in this comprehensive immigration reform legislation are the following:

  • Border Security, Detention, and Enforcement
  • Employment Verification
  • Immigration Visa Reforms
  • Earned Legalization Program for the Undocumented
  • Earned Adjustment of Status Program
  • Strengthening America's Workforce
  • Integration of New Americans

Other topics addressed by the immigration reform act include:

  • Improved Border Security
  • Protecting Family Unity
  • Reducing Backlogs and Reforms on Numerical Limits on Visas
  • Visa Program for qualified undocumented workers
  • Immigration Benefits for Persons Brought to the U.S. before Age 16
  • L-1, EB-5, H-1B and H-2B Visa Program Reforms

pdf [Review A Summary of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009]