Illinois Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez tapped into deep-seated frustrations in Rhode Island and across the country when he introduced comprehensive federal immigration-reform legislation last week. No matter the fate of his bill, Gutierrez has garnered praise from immigrant advocates nationwide for bringing the issue back to the table in this congressional session.

The Center For American Progress just released new guidelines today, which would present a strong foundation for a real immigration overhaul. Before laying out their core principles for Immigration Reform (view pdf), however, authors Marshall Fitz and Angela Kelley outline why this kind of reform is so urgent: Our broken immigration system undermines core national… Continue »

A coalition of local immigrant advocacy groups will take part next month in a 2,000-mile walk from Miami to Washington, D.C., to urge passage of legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to become legalized U.S. residents and citizens.

On Tuesday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR-ASAP). Rep. Gutierrez said that the bill represents “the final push for comprehensive immigration reform,” as Khalil Abdullah reports for New America Media. Seth Hoy at AlterNet breaks down some of the bill’s key points, which include a border security provisions, family unification, a legalization component, and improved detention conditions.

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.