The Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus*
"Working Toward Sound Immigration Policies for America"
Proposed Agenda for the 108th Congress
According to the Current Population Survey (CPS) conducted in January 2003 by the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 28.4 million immigrants living in the United States. This is the largest number of immigrants ever recorded in the nation’s history. It represents an increase of 43 percent just since 1990. Immigrants now account for 10.4 percent of all residents —the highest percentage in 70 years. Of greater concern, is the documented estimate that more than 1.2 million legal and illegal immigrants combined now settle in the United States each year.
The Immigration Reform Caucus was established to review current immigration policy, propose new immigration policies and provide a forum in Congress for addressing the positive and negative consequences of our immigration policies.
During the 108th Congress, the Caucus hopes to focus on three primary areas, illegal immigration, legal immigration and voter reform.
The Caucus will highlight the continuing growth in illegal immigration through an aggressive press and member education operation.The Caucus seeks to:
The Caucus will seek to ensure that any proposed guest worker program addresses the following:
The caucus will also push for legislation to deny American citizenship to the American-born children of illegal aliens.
The Caucus will focus on the explosive growth of legal immigration.
The Caucus will promote legislation to reduce the overall
number of immigrants allowed into the country each year by limiting some of the
Following the announcement by the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the establishment of a special task force to examine voter reforms around the country, the caucus will work to address the widespread problem of voting by illegal aliens.
The Caucus will study proposals to require the Immigration and the Naturalization Service and state, local and county officials to share information on illegal aliens.
The Immigration Reform Caucus was established in May 1999 to review current immigration policy, to initiate new immigration policy and to create a much-needed forum in Congress to address both the positive and negative consequences of immigration.