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Bill Would Give Legal Status to Undocumented Immigrants

12/16/2009

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.

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“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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Added: Dec-16-2009 Occurred On: Dec-14-2009
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