Since the election, there have been some substantive, immigration legislative movements. These efforts, while unlikely to survive this congressional session, are expected to make their way into the comprehensive immigration reform debate next year. First, the House of Representatives passed the STEM Jobs Act (H.R. 6429) in late November, a bill that would create a new visa category for foreign Ph.D. and Masters graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), but would eliminate the diversity immigrant program. The White House opposes H.R. 6429 as drafted. Also, in late November, three Republican Senators introduced the ACHIEVE Act, a watered-down version of the DREAM Act, watered down both in terms of eligibility and benefits. (Unlike DREAM, the ACHIEVE Act does not provide for a green card to eligible beneficiaries.)

In late November, President Obama signed into law a bill that codifies a task force on border enforcement established to address and reduce security threats and violence on the southern and northern borders and at selected seaports.