1) “Contingent upon our success in securing our borders and addressing visa overstays.”

2) “Our legislation also recognizes that the circumstances and the conduct of people without lawful status are not the same, and cannot be addressed identically.”

3) “Our new immigration system must be more focused on recognizing the important characteristics which will help build the American economy and strengthen American families.”

4) “Our immigration proposal will award a green card to immigrants who have received a PhD or Master’s degree in science, technology, engineering  or math from an American university.”

5) “Our proposal will provide businesses with the ability to hire lower-skilled workers in a timely manner when Americans are unavailable or unwilling to fill those jobs.”

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immigration laws. Among other things, that would include an eventual path to citizenship for most of the nation’s undocumented immigrants.

So how many people would that affect? At the moment, there are roughly 11.1 million undocumented immigrants residing in the United States. Yet it’s worth noting that this number has dropped sharply during the recession, as this chart from Pew Research Center shows:

“The policy is, I guess, intended to weigh in on illegal immigration and I’m against illegal immigration as well, but I don’t see this furthering the cause in any way whatsoever,” Vander Linden says. “On the other hand, it’s potentially putting unlicensed, uninsured drivers on the road and I don’t understand the motivation from the Department of Transportation.”

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President Obama and leaders in Congress are vowing to pass immigration reform in 2013, but getting a bill to pass the House and Senate will be extremely difficult.

Tuesday’s election has significantly improved the prospects of immigration reform, which hasn’t come close to becoming law since George W. Bush’s administration.

The following is The Hill’s list of 10 players to watch on immigration reform.

President Obama. Even before he was elected to a second term, Obama had already been laying the groundwork for immigration reform. Over the summer, he issued a new directive protecting immigrants who came to the country illegally from being deported provided they meet certain criteria. After failing to pass a bill in his first four years, Obama said that immigration reform would be one of the highest priorities of his second term. But will he push a comprehensive approach, or a scaled-down version of the measure, such as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act?

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). Goodlatte is considered the favorite to be the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction on immigration. In 2011, he introduced legislation to get rid of the immigrant visa lottery program. He has been a vocal critic of the DREAM Act. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) this week has opened the door to passing immigration reform, attracting criticism from conservatives.

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In 2011, Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed 396,906 people from the United States, the highest number in the agency’s history. In 2007, the figure was 291,070, for example.

There are an estimated 11 million people believed to be in the U.S. illegally. U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials have said they have only enough manpower and resources to remove about 400,000 each year, and they have prioritized their work to focus resources on removing people with criminal records.

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Nebraska Upholds Bill that Provides Prenatal Care to Undocumented Women

“It is sad and alarming that we have come to this point where some of the major pro-life leaders in the Legislature are choosing to put the illegal immigration issue and who pays for what, over the life and health of babies in the womb,” the letter said. “When did it become important to pick and choose which babies deserve prenatal care and which babies don’t, by virtue of whose womb they reside in? How is it ever right to say that some babies are more deserving than others?”

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