With immigration reform close to entering the White House, there has been much speculation about when comprehensive immigration reform will finally come to fruition.
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid outlined once more what must be done and emphasized that a comprehensive package is better than a piecemeal version.
"Everything in one legislative package," said Reid, because voting piecemeal will serve as an excuse "that someone voted for one portion and it's done."
In the interim, the current Congressional session has seen various immigration proposals come before it. Some of them are part of comprehensive immigration reform. Here is a look at some of them:
1. DREAM Act: Allows undocumented students the chance to become legalized if they continue their university studies or if they sign up for the U.S. military.
In the U.S. Senate version, there are 22 co-authors. The legislation has been referred to the Senate Judicial Committee.
The House version has 70 co-authors and has been referred to the Higher Education Sub-Committee.
2. Ag JOBS: Offers a path to legalization to undocumented farmworkers while protecting them from labor abuse. It also gives farmers a stable and legal workforce.
S. 1038 was presented by Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and has 17 co-authors. It has been given to the Senate Judicial Committee.
In the House, HR 2414 was presented by Rep. Howard Berman of California and Adam Putnam of Florida. It has 39 co-authors and has been referred to the House Judicial Committee.
Family Reunification Act: S. 1085 was introduced by New Jersey Sen. Robert Menéndez. Its co-authors include New York Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, and Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy. It is now in the Senate Judicial Committee.
California Rep. Mike Honda has introduced a similar version in the House. It is now in the House Judicial Committee.
E-Verify: Requires employers to match their workers' documentation with a federal database.
Pass ID: Seeks to replace the controversial Real ID Act of 2005.