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Required Next Steps for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives must each pass bills in favor of the legislation.  The procedure is as follows:

A member of the Senate and a member of the House must propose separate bills to support the legislation.

The Immigration Subcommittees of the Judiciary committee for both the House and Senate will review the the respective legislation and provide feedback on the bill to the Judiciary committees.

The Judiciary Committees of the Senate and House will vote on the respective proposed bills and submit them to the general membership of the House and Senate.

The full membership of the Senate and House of Representatives must vote on each of the bills.

If each bill is passed each house, the House and Senate will refer the bills to a joint committee that will work to address any inconsistencies between the bills passed in each house.

The compromise bill will be presented to the President for his signature.

Once the legislation is passed into law, the USCIS and other governmental organizations must formulate the regulations that enact the legislation.




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