Biden Seeks Legal Status for 11 Million Illegal Immigrants
Pathway to Citizenship
The LA Times which broke the story has a pay wall but the Tweets are self-explanatory.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.