This article in the Washington Post today contains a decent summary of both the White House backed (ie. buy yourself a green card) plan, and the House STRIVE proposal currently in play.
Just an FYI, neither of these plans would change the situation that Fermin and I (and thousands of other U.S. Citizen spouses) are going through with their formerly undocumented spouse. In fact, the White House plan gets rid of a lot of family-based immigration. I’m not sure how I feel about this issue. Certainly, I would say spouses and children need to be an exception, but I’m not sure it should be a priority to let people who immigrate here then petition for their brothers and sisters and step-children. These petitions currently take many years to process, and add to a lot of the immigration backlog.
But I also think it’s ludicrous that we would expect people who we are essentially allowing into the country to do a lot of low-pay, laborious work: seasonal agriculture, restaurant jobs, janitorial, etc, to pay $3500 per year to have a work permit and then $10,000 for their green card. In my opinion, this situation will create a situation where immigrants are putting the money they once sent home to help their families in Mexico into the pockets of the government. Personally, I’d rather see it go to Mexico, but I’m biased.
Here’s an interesting analysis from The Mex Files, on recent immigration news.