Rand Paul immigration amendment would gut pathway to citizenship

The measure would force undocumented immigrants in the U.S. to apply for citizenship using standard channels

By Jillian Rayfield

Published June 20, 2013 6:48PM (EDT)

One amendment to the Senate's immigration bill, proposed by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., would effectively kill the pathway to citizenship included in the "Gang of Eight" deal, and would allow undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. but force them to apply for citizenship through the regular channels for all immigrants.

The Washington Post reports:

The “No New Pathway to Citizenship Act” amendment would allow illegal immigrants to remain in the United States as Registered Provisional Immigrants — a new work visa category — but force them to apply as though they were still in their home country.

These immigrants would not have any advantage over those seeking to immigrate to the United States from outside the country, according to Paul’s office.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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