The "Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act" or S.744, introduced in the U.S. Senate in April 2013, was approved by a 68-32 vote on June 27, 2013, and has begun its journey through the U.S. House of Representatives. Although it is unclear at this point whether the bill will be considered piecemeal or as the collective border enforcement and increased employment and citizenship opportunity package that passed by the Senate, the House Judiciary Committee passed the Supplying Knowledge Based Immigrants and Lifting Levels of STEM Visa Act (SKILLS Act), which suggests we may be seeing the House approaching aspects of S.744 in individual components and not as a broad-based bill.

A clear overview of S.744 and its many working parts is available at: http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/sites/default/files/docs/guide_to_s744_1.pdf