He will need to file an I-130 and seek to reopen his case if he is eligible to adjust in the U.S. Please do not attempt to this on your own and get help from an experienced attorney. There are many issues to this question that cannot be answered in a forum such as this. Some jurisdictions detain an individual with a final order of removal at the time of the I-130 appointment.
What the senators proposed today is just that, a proposal. Until we have a final bill signed by the president, it is not clear how it would affect your friend.
Sure, it is great that the future spouse will be petitioning your friend. As for the immigration reform, it may eventually apply to your friend, but it is not the law yet, so he must wait.
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Complex issue. His attorney would have to persuade ICE to agree to a joint motion to reopen his case if his I-130 is approved.
(213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.