More than 200,000 Central Americans in Los Angeles and nationwide could receive green cards under a bill introduced Friday by Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys. The legislation would allow men and women who came from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras before Dec. 1, 1995, to apply for legal status. Many are in the U.S. illegally, while others are living under a temporary protection for foreigners whose homelands remain unsafe after wars or natural disasters.
Supported by Reps. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, and Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood, the Central American Security Act has languished in Congress several times in the past.
Still, the measure will likely face opposition from the Judiciary Committee, where Republican leaders favor tight restrictions on immigration.
"There is no good argument for giving people who sneak into our country citizenship ahead of those who have been following the rules and laws of the United States," Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, said in a statement.
From the L.A. Daily News.