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Congress Returns from Recess with the Long-Awaited Senate Judiciary Committee Markup of the "Gang of Eight" Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Taking Center Stage


By Micheal E. Hill
Monday, May 6, 2013 -- 8:25 am EDT


Congress returns this week from a week-long recess, with the major immigration-related legislative action being the start of the long-awaited Senate Judiciary Committee markup of comprehensive immigration reform legislation. 

Upon its return to Washington this week, the House and Senate will remain in session for three weeks through the close of business on Friday, May 26, when both chambers are scheduled to begin a 10 day-long recess, returning to Washington, DC again on Monday, June 3. 


This Week's Most Highly Anticipated Action
The most high profile action on immigration- and refugee-related matters this week is the beginning of what could be a three week-longmarkup in the Senate Committee on the Judiciary of 
S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013”, introduced in mid-April by the Senate's "Gang of Eight."  The markup is expected to begin on Thursday, May 9, 2013, and could well continue right up to the beginning of the Memorial Day recess upon the close of business on Friday, May 26.


This Week's Immigration- and Refugee-Related Floor Action
No immigration- or refugee-related floor action is scheduled or anticipated in either the U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives in the coming week.





This Week's Immigration- and Refugee-Related Committee Action
In all, one markup of an immigration- or refugee-related measure seven hearings that could touch on immigration or refugee policy are scheduled for this week. 

The sole markup scheduled for this week at which immigration- or refugee-related legislation is likely to be considered is the aforementioned Senate Judiciary Committee markup of the "Gang of Eight's" comprehensive immigration reform bill.  The deadline for senators to circulate first degree amendments to the measure is 5:00 pm EDT on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.  However, senators do not have to pre-circulate second degree amendments and they do not have to pre-circulate amendments to strike provisions in the bill.  It is anticipated that hundreds of amendments will be circulated by the 5:00 pm Tuesday deadline.

Among the hearings scheduled for this week are two Joint Economic Committee, one Senate Commerce Commmittee, and one Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearings on S. 744, taking place on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 and Wednesday, May 8, 2013.  Other hearings taking place this week that are certain or likely to examine immigration- or refugee-related matters include a Tuesday House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on trafficking,
a Thursday House Homeland Security Committee hearing on the Boston Marathon bombing, and a Thursday House Oversight and Investigations Committee hearing on biometric identification.


Off-of-the-Hill Action
At the time of this writing, the big off-of-the-Hill immigration- and refugee-related action scheduled to take place this week includes a Monday morning, May 6, Issues Briefing on immigration reform featuring Muzaffar Chishti, Director, Migration Policy Institute Office at NYU School of Law; Tamar Jacoby, President and CEO, ImmigrationWorks USA; Daniel Stein, President, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR); Mark Krikorian, Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies; Carrie Budoff Brown, POLITICO; Franco Ordonez, McClatchy; and Alan Gomez, USA TODAY.  Also occurring this week is a Monday, May 6, discussion on bias in immigration reporting sponsored by the immigration restrictionist-minded Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). 


This is the week that immigration and refugee advocates on both sides of the issues have been waiting for for years.  

A more detailed look at this week's likely immigration- and refugee-related legislative action can be found after the jump.


 

Congress In the Midst of a Two Week-Long Recess with a Heavy Immigration and Refugee Legislative Agenda Awaiting its Return


By Micheal E. Hill
Monday, April 29, 2013 -- 7:25 am EDT


Congress has begun a week-long recess. 

Upon its return to Washington on Monday, May 6, 2013, the House and Senate will remain in session for three weeks through the close of business on Friday, May 26, when both chambers will begin a 10 day-long recess, returning to Washington, DC again on Monday, June 3. 


Anticipated Immigration Action During the Recess
President Barack Obama is planning a trip this week to Mexico and Costa Rica.  The issue of U.S. immigration policy is expected to be one of a number of issues discussed during the Mexico portion of the trip.  The President will meet with the heads of state of the nations of Central American and of the Dominican Republic during the Costa Rica portion of the trip.  Also this week, senators on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Committee will be preparing amendments they hope to offer to the Senate "Gang of Eight's" comprehensive immigration reform bill, which is scheduled for markup in the Committee following the recess.



Most Highly Post-Recess Anticipated Action
The most high profile action on immigration- and refugee-related matters during the work period-to-come is the markup in the Senate Committee on the Judiciary of 
S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013”, introduced in mid-April by the Senate's "Gang of Eight."  The markup is expected to begin on Thursday, May 9, 2013, and could wel continue for three weeks, right up to the beginning of the Memorial Day recess upon the close of business on Friday, May 26.


Anticipated Post-Recess Committee Action
While the most anticipated immigration-related committee action during the work-period-to-come is the markup of comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) legislation by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, also likely during the work period is the beginning of the production of fiscal year 2014 appropriations bills by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, including several of the four appropriations bills that traditionally fund the federal government's border security-, interior immigration enforcement-, immigration services-, refugee admissions-. and overseas refugee assistance-related agencies, functions, and activities. 

In addition to action on CIR legislation and appropriations bills, the House Committee on the Judiciary could begin to move piece meal immigration measures during the work-period-to-come.



Anticipated Post-Recess Floor Action
While it is possible that the full House could begin to take up appropriations bills during the work period-to-come, other than the potential House floor consideration of a relatively noncontroversial border security bill produced by the House Committee on Homeland Security, little other immigration- or refugee-related floor action of note is anticipated during the coming work period.


Other Anticipated Post-Recess Immigration-Related Action
Much of the immigration advocacy community is awaiting word from the House "Gang of Eight" of its plans for comprehensive immigration reform legislation, as well as word from the House Republican Leadership on how it plans to deal with that legislation.


A more detailed look at what is known about the likely immigration- and refugee-related legislative agenda occurring just "Over the Horizon" can be found after the jump.


 
New Today!
NEW! MicEvHill.Com has posted the May 7, 2013, edition of its "Today on the Hill" page, which presents the immigration- and refugee-related legislative activity that will likely occur on Tuesday, May 7 2013. -- Click Here to See the May 7, 2013, edition of "Today on the Hill"
 
New Yesterday!
MicEvHill.Com has posted the May 6, 2013, edition of its "This Week on the Hill" page, which presents a detailed look at the immigration- and refugee-related legislative activity that will likely occur during the week of May 6, 2013. -- Click Here to See the May 6, 2013, edition of "This Week on the Hill"
 
New Last Week!
MicEvHill.Com has posted the text of the Sponsors Substitute Amendment for S. 744, the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013", which will be marked up during the month of May in the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. -- Click Here to See the Text of the Sponsors Substitute Amendment to S. 744
MicEvHill.Com has posted a redline version of the Sponsors Substitute Amendment for S. 744, the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013", which will be marked up during the month of May in the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. -- Click Here to See the Text of the Redline Version of the Sponsors Substitute Amendment to S. 744
MicEvHill.Com has posted a summary of the changes made  by the Sponsors Substitute Amendment for S. 744, the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013", which will be marked up during the month of May in the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. -- Click Here to See the Summary of the Changes Made by the Sponsors Substitute Amendment to S. 744
MicEvHill.Com has posted an updated version of its "Over the Horizon" page, which looks ahead to the possible legislative action on immigration and refugee matters in the coming weeks. -- Click Here to See the Latest Scoop on Possible Immigration- and Refugee Legislative Action Occurring Just "Over the Horizon"
 
New Last Month!
MicEvHill.Com has posted an updated version of its April 29, 2013, edition of its "This Week on the Hill" page, which presents a detailed look at the (in this case, virtually nonexistent) immigration- and refugee-related legislative activity that will likely occur during the week of April 29, 2013. -- Click Here to See the April 29, 2013, edition of "This Week on the Hill"
MicEvHill.Com has posted the April 29, 2013-through-Friday, May 3, 2013, edition of its "Today on the Hill" page, which presents the (in this case, virtually nonexistent) immigration- and refugee-related legislative activity that will likely occur during the week of April 29, 2013. -- Click Here to See the April 29, 2013, edition of "Today on the Hill"



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