WASHINGTON - One of Congress' leading immigrant-rights advocates introduced a bill Tuesday to allow millions of illegal immigrants to become U.S. citizens and end a controversial program that enlists local police to enforce immigration laws.
But the 700-page bill by Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., is widely viewed as too liberal to pass.
“I don't think that even Congressman Gutierrez expects his bill to pass," said Harry Pachon, president of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute at the University of Southern California. "He's showing a willingness to fight. And he's putting pressure on the Obama administration to act.”
About the House bill
The immigration-reform bill introduced Tuesday by Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., would:
• Repeal the 287(g) program that lets local police and sheriff's deputies enforce federal immigration law and
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