Yesterday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), a key congressional champion for sensible immigration policy, introduced real immigration reform legislation in the House of Representatives. It’s called “Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity” (CIR ASAP).

This is the long-awaited legislative kick-off to repair our nation’s broken immigration system, which is in crisis.

Already, the bill has nearly 90 U.S. House sponsors, including members of the Congressional Hispanic, Black, Asian Pacific American, and Progressive Caucuses.

Raising the curtain on what promises to be a new round of debate over Immigration reform, a group of Democratic lawmakers introduced a comprehensive bill Tuesday in Washington that, among other provisions, offers a path to legalization for the country’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants.

The bill, introduced by Representative Luis V. Gutierrez, Democrat of Illinois, was seen as the opening volley in what Democrats and Republicans expect to be a hard-fought battle. President Obama has pledged to take up the issue early next year; efforts to overhaul the laws during George W. Bush’s presidency failed despite the backing of Mr. Bush and some Republicans.

House proponents of comprehensive immigration reform unveiled their mammoth proposal Tuesday, with hopes that President Barack Obama will give a new push to their cause early next year.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., is among 87 co-sponsors of new legislation supported by immigration-reform advocates.

The Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity was introduced in the House of Representatives on Tuesday by Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Ill.