Yesterday, the Senate Gang of 8 formally announced its comprehensive immigration
reform bill: the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration
Modernization Act. The mammoth 844-page bill is a daunting read, as it
attempts to address numerous aspects of our broken immigration system,
from border security to legalization to DREAMers to employment-based immigration.
The bill proposes to generate new pathways to citizenship, enhance entry-exit
monitoring, fortify our borders, redefine long-established immigration
terms, create visas, and eliminate certain benefit mechanisms such as
the family-based 4th preference category and the Diversity Visa Program.
For the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., their
U.S. citizen and permanent resident family, and the nation at large, the
pathways to citizenship are a key component of the bill. However, trying
to parse through the hundreds of pages of legislation to fully understand
those legalization and citizenship provisions is no simple task. If only
someone could glean the citizenship highlights and put them into an accessible
and instructive format. That’s where the talented Ritchie King comes
in. As you can see, Ritchie, of the online news site
Quartz, managed to create a
flow chart for the proposed citizenship pathways that is informative, user-friendly, and visually impressive.
While even the Gang of 8 acknowledged that the bill is bound to change
with committee hearings and floor debates, the graphic below should prove
extremely helpful. Enjoy, and be sure to thank
Ritchie for this great graphic.
Ritchie King is a reporter and visual storyteller at Quartz, focusing on infographics
and interactive features. Created in 2012, Quartz is a digitally native
news outlet for business people in the new global economy. Quartz publishes
creative and intelligent journalism with a broad worldview, built primarily
for the devices closest at hand: tablets and mobile phones. Please visit
Quartz and check out Ritchie’s other work.
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