CURRENT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
Could receive probationary legal status immediately;
Four-year, renewable "Z visa" for those present in the U.S. before Jan. 1;
May adjust status to lawful permanent resident after paying $5,000 in fines and $1,500 in fees and after head of household returns to home country;
Green cards after three years, rather than eight, for those younger than 30 who were brought to U.S. as minors;
Green cards for farmworkers who have performed such work for 150 hours or three years;
No green cards until "triggers" for border security and workplace enforcement met and clearing of visa backlog, which takes eight years.
18,000 new Border Patrol agents;
200 miles of vehicle barriers and 370 miles of fencing on U.S.-Mexico border;
70 ground-based radar and camera towers on southern border;
Deployment of four unmanned aerial vehicles;
No more illegal immigrants released upon apprehension;
Funds for detaining up to 27,500 immigrants per day;
New identification tools to prevent unauthorized work.
Electronic verification of employees' identity and work eligibility;
Increased penalties for unlawful hiring, employment and record-keeping violations.
Temporary program with two-year "Y visas," initially capped at 400,000 per year with annual adjustments based on market fluctuations;
Y visa renewable up to three times, if worker returns home for a year each time (those bringing dependents restricted to one visa);
Families allowed only if they show proof of medical insurance and demonstrate that their wages were 150 percent above poverty level.
Spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens and permanent residents eligible for green cards based purely on family connections.
380,000 visas a year awarded on point system, about 50 percent based on employment criteria, 25 percent on education, 15 percent on English proficiency and 10 percent on family connections;
New limits for U.S. citizens seeking to bring foreign-born parents into the country;
Visas capped at 40,000 annually for parents of U.S. citizens and at 87,000 for spouses and children.
* after border-security measures in place.
Source: The Associated Press