S. 2258, the Summer Operations and Services (SOS) Relief and Reform Act, would increase the number of H-2B visas for low-skill, foreign workers that were approved in 2004.
S. 2252, the Save Summer Act, would increase by 40,000 the annual cap for 2004 on H-2B visas for low-kill, temporary foreign workers.
S. 2010, the Immigration Reform Act of 2004, would: reward illegal aliens with jobs and residency, thus serving as an incentive for future illegal immigration, increase the number of family visas available in order to reduce the backlog, thereby increasing legal immigration numbers and increasing chain migration, reward certain illegal aliens with green cards and a path to U.S. citizenship, and increase the number of foreign workers legally allowed to work in the U.S. annually as well as rewarded illegal aliens with jobs.
S.Res. 211 would express the sense of the Senate that the free trade agreements are not the vehicle to enact or change immigration legislation.
S. 1461, the Border Security and Immigration Improvement Act, would create a legalization process for almost all illegal aliens who will then be eligible for green cards after 6 years.
S. 1452, the USA Jobs Protection Act, would implement reforms of the H-1B and L-1 visa programs aimed at preventing American high-tech workers from being displaced by foreign workers. The legislation included important protections for American workers, including prevailing wage and no-layoff provisions. It also sought to extend current no-layoff provisions for H-1B dependent employers to all H-1B employers.
S. 1387, the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act, would create a temporary guestworker program for illegal aliens with an amnesty-on-installment program.
S. 1518, the Visa Integrity and Security Act, would have required H-1B employers to report to the INS as soon an H-1B visa holder has been fired or laid off. This reporting requirement would help deter visa overstays on the part of H-1B visa holders. It also would have implemented an entry-exit tracking system for visa holders. This would have helped reduce illegal immigration by signaling authorities when people who enter the U.S. legally on visas do not leave as then should and stay here illegally.
S. 1161, the Agricultural Job Opportunity Benefits and Security Act, would grant amnesty to certain illegal aliens who have been working in the agricultural industry and displace American workers with more foreign workers.