Democrats to formally introduce Biden’s citizenship bill

President Joe Biden's administration is planning to tackle and start reforming immigration by releasing the new U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021

The U.S. government has not passed a major citizenship bill since 1986, when amnesty legislation signed by Republican President Ronald Reagan legalized almost 3 million undocumented immigrants. 'Sorry, that's the Irish in me'.

While Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is confident that lawmakers should break up the immigration bill into a piecemeal approach, prioritizing farmworkers, people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients for green cards, other Democrats have made it known they are not willing to give up much ground to pass the legislation. "Congress must abolish the filibuster so the U.S. Citizenship Act is more than an empty promise". Then, after three years, they can pursue citizenship. For others living in the U.S.as of January 1, 2021, the plan establishes a five-year path to temporary legal status.

The bill will make efforts to ease immigration timelines overseas, increasing numerous types of visa caps while seeking to reduce wait times for those who may now wait as long as 20 years to join family in the country.

"While the Biden administration rightly acknowledges that immigrants are our family members, our coworkers, and our neighbors, for now it has chosen to continue giving ICE officers significant discretion to conduct operations that harm our communities and tear families apart", Shah added. Such a migrant would be a priority for arrest, as well as anyone who was not present in the country before that date - a move that makes illegal immigrants who traveled to the USA or overstayed a visa after the 2020 presidential election easy to arrest and potentially deport.

The bill would expand transnational anti-drug task forces in Central America and enhances technology at the border. And it would set up refugee processing in Central America, to try to prevent some of the immigrant caravans that have overwhelmed border security in recent years.

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Two Democratic legislators, California Congresswoman Linda Sanchez and New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, will present the initiative in the House of Representatives and the Senate, respectively.

The bill, based on parameters unveiled by the Biden administration last month, is expected to be championed by the White House as one of President Biden's domestic policy priorities during his first year in office.

Comprehensive immigration legislation has struggled to gain traction in Congress for decades. Prior to that, a bill backed by President George W. Bush failed in Congress as well, after multiple attempts at compromise. During a CNN town hall Tuesday night, Biden said that while a pathway to citizenship would be essential in any immigration bill, "there's things I would deal by itself".

That could leave the door open to standalone bills focused on providing a pathway to citizenship for various populations. Agents will need pre-approval from a senior manager if they want to arrest someone who does not fall into one of those categories. That´s why he proposed them together'.

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