On Tuesday, Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) will introduce new immigration reform legislation in the House.
The legislation has the support of the Congressional Hispanic, Black, Asian Pacific American and Progressive Caucuses.
"We have waited patiently for a workable solution to our immigration crisis to be taken up by this Congress and our president," Gutierrez said.
"The time for waiting is over. This bill will be presented before Congress recesses for the holidays so that there is no excuse for inaction in the New Year. It is the product of months of collaboration with civil rights advocates, labor organizations, and members of Congress. It is an answer to too many years of pain — mothers separated from their children, workers exploited and undermined security at the borde r— all caused at the hands of a broken immigration system. This bill says 'enough,' and presents a solution to our broken system that we as a nation of immigrants can be proud of."
But while Gutierrez positions the legislation as an immigration reform bill, detracters, like the Federation for American Immigration Reform are terming it a "massive illegal alien amnesty bill" which would promise amnesty for 13 million illegal aliens.
FAIR argues that with double digit unemployment, the United States can ill-afford to open the floodgates to allow millions more into the country to compete for jobs, scare resources and public benefits.