Biden Seeks Legal Status for 11 Million Illegal Immigrants

Mish

Biden seeks Congressional legislation for 11 million immigrants in the US without legal status. The bill will undoubtedly face political pushback.

Pathway to Citizenship

The LA Times which broke the story has a pay wall but the Tweets are self-explanatory.

  1. Breaking: During his first days in office, President-elect Joe Biden plans to send legislation to congress that would provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million immigrants who are in the country without legal status.
  2. Biden’s legislation does not include money to support detention and deportation. Previous immigration bills passed under both Democratic and Republican administrations linked an expansion of immigration with stepped-up enforcement and security measures. 
  3. The bill would provide a shorter pathway to citizenship for people with Temporary Protected Status, for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients and likely also for certain frontline essential workers, vast numbers of whom are immigrants.
  4. Biden’s proposal would be the most sweeping and comprehensive immigration package since President Reagan's in 1986 Immigrants would become eligible for legal permanent residence after 5 years and wait 3 more years for U.S. citizenship.
  5. Even with Democrats holding power in the White House and with slender majorities in both houses of Congress, the bill likely will face months of political wrangling and pushback from conservative voters and immigration hardliners.

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RunnerDan
RunnerDan

"Mr. President, tear down that wall!!!!"

RunnerDan
RunnerDan

"President-elect Joe Biden plans to send legislation to congress that would provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million immigrants who are in the country without legal status."

What about the other 60 million? Seems like a half hearted effort.

cudmeister
cudmeister

Is this purely a political move or does Biden and others actually see an economic benefit to the US by doing this? Is there a cost analysis being done on this move?

Mr. Purple
Mr. Purple

Reagan and Bush the Elder both promoted similar policies as Biden's proposal.

For people who still identify as the "Party of Lincoln," there should be no problem looking back fondly on conservative policy from only 30+ years ago.

But I am but Diogenes and his lantern, searching the darkness for an honest man.

Sechel
Sechel

Trumps position on illegal children was a stain on this country. The position never made any sense and was born more of hate than any true policy goals. It appealed to racist who simply wanted to make America white again. It was truly embarrassing. Good for Biden to reverse it.

All for strengthening enforcement along the border but moves to stop even legal immigration because of people's color , ethnicity or religion was always wrong. And despite thinly veiled rhetoric that is exactly what was going on.

amigator
amigator

The wall-less party is kicking off their "gig" with more walls than Trump built. Enjoying the "walls" going up around our capital when the powers to be have told us "walls" don't work. What else has been said that won't work?

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

The 700K DACA’s.....doing anything besides giving them citizenship is more trouble than it’s worth....the rest of them.....what is that, 1.3 million? That’s a lot, and it sends the wrong message. Put me down as not thrilled.

Here we see the Dems trying to slam dunk something on their real agenda.....get 11M New Democrats signed up to vote. The inclusion and diversity plank was always about the votes.

njbr
njbr

The party of delusion thinks that the immigrants are doing nothing useful in the economy.

The party of delusion thinks that those refusing to leave the jobless areas of the country to seek work have greater claims on the economy than those who are ready to uproot and search out work.

Bam_Man
Bam_Man

Cloward-Piven on steroids.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

My wife says many Russian people have been getting visitors visas to the US over the last 10 years and overstaying their visa and just becoming illegal. There is a huge influx of Russian immigrants in various places in the country, especially in California. These same Russians are for the most part Trump supporters and believers in conspiracy theories. This weekend we could open hear them talking about how Biden stole the election at an outdoor mall. While Trump and the Republican party argue that Democrats are for illegal immigration, they fail to mention they too are for illegal immigration as long as the people immigrating are for Trump and/or the Republican party.

Raj Kumar
Raj Kumar

Can I ask a silly question...why doesn't US Congress come up with a 'Guest Worker' programme, other countries operate them quite successfully. As far as I can see 'guest worker visa's' would be a win for both US & the guest worker. The guest workers would not have any rights to public funds or be able to obtain US citizenship for either themselves or their dependents incl. any children born in the US, I would go so far as to not give US Citizenship to a child of a guest worker even if one parent is a legal US Citizen.

US wins because it gets the workers that it needs incl. the guest workers direct & indirect taxes. The guest worker if they so chose also gets something in that they may achieve a quality of life not available to them in their own country of birth.

William Janes
William Janes

The Age of Immigration both legal and illegal is over. Almost no chance that there will be any "Reform Legislation" (merely another phrase for Open Borders). If you allow eleven million illegal entrants to apply for citizenship, then you are allowing possibly another 30 million of their "families" to immigrate under the family reunification option. Also the children in detention can leave and return to their countries at anytime, hardly an abusive situation. The "drop your child of at the border plan" was being horribly abused and needed to be stopped. Once the flood of illegal entrants start making their way to the border in what will be known at the "Biden Tide", Biden will revert to Trump and Obama's policies. Biden may even start with finishing the Wall.

Jackula
Jackula

I feel we should be selective about who we allow to immigrate to the US, allowing only the best and the brightest. However, for those that think the conservatives are tougher on this issue they've been really good about looking the other way with illegal immigration while utilizing the lower cost labor including Trump. The progressives, on the other hand, while supposedly the supporters of labor, are providing a helping hand to drive down unskilled labor costs by supporting illegal immigration. Two forms of virtue signalling leading to the same result, screwing the American working class. If they are gonna be here mind as well get em to pay taxes etc.....

njbr
njbr

Open borders vs the libertarian pose (errr.. position).

Realist
Realist

What is the latest topic? Oh. A path to Citizenship for 11 million immigrants currently in the US. There must be a compromise that gives each side of this issue a win.

May I offer a simple suggestion?

As a condition of qualification for citizenship, perhaps you should put the immigrants through a series of tests to determine which ones you want to keep and which ones you want to deport.

Some here are worried about immigrants taking away higher skilled jobs from current US citizens. So you can have them take an IQ test, an intelligence test, and a cognitive test (like Trump’s cognitive test). Weed out all those with above average scores and deport them. Keep the rest to make sure you don’t lose your gardeners, meat plant workers, farm workers, etc.etc etc. Americans don’t want those types of jobs anyway, so it’s a win/win. Just get rid of the highly skilled immigrants so you can open up their jobs in tech, health care, engineering etc.You might end up with a shortage of high skilled workers for a few years, but I’m sure you can train most of the capitol rioters to fill those positions in short order. Perhaps that will also calm their blood lust at the same time.

Win/win.

You’re welcome.

Mish
Mish

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LewisM
LewisM

We could develop a same workable humane immigration system that also followed the law, but too many people benefit from the current dysfunction. Businesses want the cheap labor, democrats want what they think will be a solid voting block (didn't work too well in Texas and Florida in 2020 though) and both parties want a permanent wedge issue a la abortion that people can bicker and argue over in perpetuity without ever being solved.

aprnext
aprnext

a note to all: the USA government system involves independent sovereign states and an electoral college. I don't know of any like govt in the entire world. Clue me in if another such govt exists, anywhere. Maybe the ans, if any, will give us a clue as to why the US is so mired in these problems such as immigration.

Stan877
Stan877

Once Biden starts a war to benefit his friends in the MIC we'll plenty of draftable young male citizens. Biden is thinking ahead on this one.

Bungalow Bill
Bungalow Bill

Not necessarily. As the Trump years fade we will rediscover that old truth U.S. Congressman Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich) stated so truthfully: “Democrats want the votes, and the Republicans want the cheap labor.”


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