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On January 6, 2009, Senator Harry Reid (D, NV) introduced S. 9, the "Stronger Economy, Stronger Borders Act of 2009" (SESBA), a bill "to strengthen the United States economy, provide for more effective border and employment enforcement, and for other purposes."
In its current form, the bill is a placeholder for comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The introductory remarks of Senator Patrick Leahy (D, VT), however, provide additional insight into the nature and scope of the legislation. Sen. Leahy stated in part, as follows:
Mr. President, as we begin the 111th Congress, we will try, once again, to enact comprehensive immigration reforms that have eluded us in the past several years. With an administration that understands the critical necessity of meaningful reform and that understands the policy failures of the last 8 years, I am hopeful that the new Congress can finally enact legislation consistent with our history as a nation of immigrants.