Friday, October 16, 2009 by Lee Mannering
Gutierrez unveils immigration proposal
Earlier this week, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, announced his principles for immigration reform legislation that would overhaul U.S. immigration laws and give an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the country a path to legalization. He expects to introduce the bill sometime in late November after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. While his principles are wide-ranging, it is anticipated that the AgJOBS bill will be included.
Speaking of AgJOBS, the bipartisan bill just gained two more House sponsors (Rep. Ed Pastor from Arizona and Rep. Lloyd Doggett from Texas), bringing the total sponsor count to 20 in the Senate and 55 in the House.
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Tags: Immigration Reform