Since January 2004, President Bush called for comprehensive immigration reform that would enhance border security, bring illegal aliens out of the shadows, establish a temporary worker program, hold employers accountable for the workers they hire, and facilitate the assimilation of new Americans. The House of Representatives and the Senate passed significant immigration bills in the 109th Congress but no bill was forwarded to the President for his signature. Immigration enforcement and reform were priorities for the Congress again in the 110th Congress.
The Department of Justice has a major role in enforcing the nation's civil and criminal immigration laws, and the Office of Legal Policy has led the Department's efforts to develop proposals for immigration reform and to advise the White House and the Congress on immigration policy.
Statement of Administration Policy in support of S. 1348, the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (May 23, 2007)
Statement of Administration Policy on S. 2454, the Securing America's Borders Act (April 4, 2006)
Statement of Administration Policy in support of H.R. 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (December 15, 2005)