The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed and sent to the full Senate S. 744, the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013," a comprehensive immigration reform proposal developed and managed by the "Gang of Eight" a bipartisan group of senators and introduced on April 17. The Gang of Eight includes Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.); John McCain (R-Ariz.); Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.); Chuck Schumer (D-NY); Robert Menendez (D-NJ); Michael Bennet (D-Colo.); and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) Among other things, the bill would offer a pathway to legalization for an estimated 11 million undocumented persons, introduce a new W visa for lower-skilled immigrants, and clear up the backlogs in the employment and family preference green card categories. It also would create a startup visa for entrepreneurs and increase the number of visas for both high- and low-skilled workers.
As the Washington Post reported, however, "[for] the top 20 companies that used the [work-visa] program last year, the new fees [under S. 744] would have driven the cost of visas approved last year to $232.2 million, according to data compiled by Bloomberg."
The first amendment to the bill was the "Sponsors Amendment" (see here). A document showing changes to the bill as introduced is available here. The original text of the bill is available here. A live webcast of the May 9 markup is available here. The list of amendments and their outcome in the markups is available here. A version of the Immigration and Nationality Act with the approved amendments to S. 744 incorporated is available here. For the revised text of S. 744, including all amendments adopted by the Senate Judiciary Committee, click here.