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Summary of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity (CIR ASAP) Act of 2009

This is a first posting is a series of discussions about the above referenced Bill. We upload a Section-by-section summary of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity (CIR ASAP) Act of 2009, introduced by Rep. Gutierrez (D-IL) on 12/15/09. This document was produced by Rep. Gutierrez’s office. Click here for the Summary Download file

The actual Bill is very detailed, ranging from enforcement to Immigration reform changes. For example, one reform discussed is to recognize family unity principles and facilitate backlog reduction, reclassifies spouses and children of lawful permanent residents as immediate relatives. Today such families must wait years to be united.

The government is given greater discretionary authority to waive unlawful presence bars to reunite families upon a demonstration of hardship for applicant’s U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident family members. Today such applicants must leave the US, apply for a waiver and risk getting denied.

As we analyze the Bill, more updates to come.