So should Latinos be as optimistic? Is this proposal the answer to the collective prayers that 11 million people have been waiting for all this time?

The good news: While no “free lunch,” (applicants would have to pass a background check, learn English and essentially get to the back of the “applicant’s line”), the proposal does offer a path to citizenship. Hey, the senators didn’t say it was “tough but fair” for nothing. The proposal also calls for measures with varying levels of difficulty depending on the applicant’s background, i.e. high tech and other types of workers would have a separate set of requirements, as would Dreamers. (For the full proposal, click here.)