The catch is that the 107th Congress will likely expire before the bill gets serious consideration.
The bill, entitled the “Earned Legalization and Family Reunification Act of 2002,” was formally introduced in the House last week by Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri, the House minority leader.
The bill drew immediate support from AFL-CIO president John J. Sweeney, who said in a statement that the legislation would offer legalization to those with a work history in the U.S.
“The AFL-CIO stands shoulder to shoulder with the immigrant community in the fight to fix the nation’s immigration laws,” Sweeney said.
Under the bill’s proposals, any undocumented immigrant could secure legalization if he or she met a series of listed requirements. These include: