Representative Goodlatte’s option would have a better chance of passing as it would not need to be considered reforming the entire immigration laws in the United States. In fact, a similar provision was previously used in 2002. A bill was passed which basically stated that even if a person is illegal, but files an employment sponsorship application or family sponsorship application before April 30, 2001, they can receive legal status by showing proof of filing and completing the employment or family sponsorship requirements. For the last 10 years, immigration lawyers would always ask their clients, “Did you file anything with Department of Labor or US CIS before April 30, 2001?” If the answer was “yes” it would give the immigration attorney numerous options for getting permanent residency for their client. So Representative Goodlatte’s proposal would just basically bringing back an old law that was passed in 2002. It would appear less scary to the public than Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and may have a better chance of passing as the Republican Congress is wary of passing a huge confusing law. They need to make sure that immigration reform cannot be compared to the huge Health Care Law.
New York City Immigration Lawyer Andrew P. Johnson has proposed legislation to Congress, and has been interviewed regarding immigration law by New York Times, CBS, and New York Daily News.