White House Unveils Expansive Immigration Agenda

White House Unveils Expansive Immigration Agenda”

Senate Democrats introduced the legislation earlier in the day.

- Eliminating the word "alien" in USA law and replace it with "non-citizen". But it is unclear how aggressively he will court Republicans needed to pass the Senate.

President Joe Biden's proposed legislative overhaul of the US immigration system, due to be formally introduced in Congress on Thursday, would be the largest in decades, but it faces steep odds. "We're open to a conversation with anyone about this, but we think this is a much more comprehensive way to deal with this issue than just simply a wall". Marco Rubio, R-Fla., calling it "blanket amnesty".

Congressional Democrats are moving forward with the campaign promise of overhauling America's problematic and oft-maligned immigration system.

People benefiting from Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which prevents the deportation of citizens from countries affected by natural disasters or conflict, and farmworkers who can show a history of employment in the United States will also be able to get permanent residence.

The bill is backed by President Biden, who during the election promised to remake the nation's immigration system so as to reflect America's "highest values", following what he called the suffering under the misguided policies of the Trump administration.

But E-Verify, which checks a person's legal status to work in this country, "will not be mandatory" for US employers, and Biden has said he would not expand the border wall. These people would have immediate access to green cards and a three-year path to citizenship as long as they arrived before January 1.

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The bill includes providing a shorter process to legal status for young people brought to the United States by their parents as children, known as Dreamers.

The Democrats' plan would also offer other undocumented immigrants an eight year path to citizenship, without the fear of deportation, and prioritize keeping families together. Under the Trump administration, they did not need permission. Where his predecessor often cast immigrants as criminals, Biden's White House calls them "neighbors, colleagues, parishioners, community leaders, friends, and loved ones".

Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the son of Cuban immigrants raised in a tenement in Union City, N.J.

An administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity told reporters Wednesday night that Biden was willing to work with Republicans on the legislation, which will need 60 votes to avoid being blocked by filibuster.

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

- The annual per-country limits on many forms of legal immigration would be raised and family reunifications would speed up for green card holders.

"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.

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