Thursday, 25 February, 2021

Biden and congressional Democrats to unveil immigration bill

Sen. Bob Menendez D-N.J. was one of the co-sponsors on an immigration reform bill providing a pathway to citizenship for 11 million people. Pool Dems To Introduce Biden's Immigration Bill To Speed Up Pathway To Citizenship On Thursday
Adrian Cunningham | 19 February, 2021, 03:50

"Congress must abolish the filibuster so the U.S. Citizenship Act is more than an empty promise". But it is unclear how aggressively he will court Republicans needed to pass the Senate.

Congressional Democrats, spurred on by the Biden administration, introduced a bill on Thursday that seeks to grant more than 11 million illegal immigrants an eight-year pathway to citizenship. During a CNN town hall Tuesday night, he said that while a pathway to citizenship would be essential in any immigration bill, "there's things I would deal by itself".

Republicans have signaled little support for Biden's approach. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., calling it "blanket amnesty".

Democrats and Republicans are sharply divided on how to reform the country's immigration system.

Since coming to power, Biden has announced a push to reform immigration and roll back his predecessor's hardline policies, including with the creation of a special task force to reunite families separated by Trump's "zero tolerance" border policy towards undocumented immigrants. The bill, if passed, would also remove bans on people who previously illegally lived in the US from re-entering, funnel billions of dollars into Central America for refugee programs, provide easier access for certain workers to immigrate to the United States, and replace the term "alien" with "noncitizen" in USA immigration laws.

The legislation allows so-called "dreamers" - residents brought to the USA as children illegally - to obtain citizenship, as well as recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which is often granted to immigrants from nations hit with natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes, the release said. They would immediately become eligible for green cards and could apply for citizenship after three years. After another three years, they will be able to apply to become citizens.

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All applicants must pass background checks and have been in the United States as of January 1, a requirement meant to discourage a migration surge to the southwestern border.

Separately, enforcement guidelines released Thursday by the new administration would target immigration enforcement more directly at people in the country illegally who pose a threat. Where his predecessor often cast immigrants as criminals, Biden's White House calls them "neighbors, colleagues, parishioners, community leaders, friends, and loved ones". Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the son of Cuban immigrants raised in a tenement in Union City, N.J.

- An expedited pathway for farm workers and those who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protections.

The largest percentage of undocumented immigrants come from Mexico, according to the Pew Research Center.

"There is a point where Joe Biden is going to have to decide", said Nicole Melaku, executive director of the National Partnership for New Americans, a coalition of immigrant advocacy groups.