Biden's proposal to give citizenship to undocumented immigrants lands in Congress

Biden's proposal to give citizenship to undocumented immigrants lands in Congress


Biden News: The bill with which President Joe Biden seeks to promote an ambitious immigration reform that provides a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants arrived in Congress this Thursday, with the support of Cuban-born Senator Bob Menendez and legislator Linda Sanchez, of Mexican roots.

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Menendez, the highest-ranking Latino in the US Legislature, and Sanchez are the sponsors of the American Citizenship Act of 2021, the flagship proposal with which the Biden government seeks to reshape the country's migration system, which for over 30-year-old does not approve a reform of this type.


Biden News - The broad initiative seeks to guarantee a long-term solution for the “dreamers”, as immigrants who arrived in the country as children and protected by the DACA program are known; and to all profiting from the Temporary guarded Status (TGS) - who mainly originate from Central America - and immigrant agricultural workers.


It also expands diversity visas from 55,000 to 80,000, promotes changes in the employment-based immigration system, and has among its priorities keeping immigrant families together.


A similar effort was led in 2013 by then-President Barack Obama - who had Joe Biden as vice president - but was shipwrecked in the House of Representatives despite gaining approval from the Senate.


To become a reality, Biden's proposal must have the full Democratic vote in the Senate, 50, and secure ten Republicans.


Contrarily, it will be convicted to fold as has happened with standardisation ventures in earlier years.



“We are here because last November 80 million Americans voted against Donald Trump and against everything he stood for. They voted to restore common sense, compassion, and trust in our government,” Menendez said at a virtual press conference.


"And part of that mandate," he added, "is to fix our immigration system, which is the cornerstone of Trump's heinous horror show."


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As a member of the originals in Congress, Menendez highlighted that the acumen migration transformation has not been established is because time and again they have “capitulated too quickly to the marginal voices that have refused to accept humanity and contributions of immigrants”.


When addressing his Republican colleagues, he assured that the Latino vote is not owned by any party and stressed that Hispanics are "the largest racial and ethnic minority in the country."


In his speech, Sanchez recalled that she is the daughter of Mexican immigrants - an industrial mechanic and a primary school teacher - and affirmed that for this reason, she has dedicated herself to building an immigration system "that allows people to live without fear."


"They (her parents) came to this country and they worked hard and sacrificed every day to support me and my brothers," said the legislator, whose sister, Loretta Sanchez, was also a congresswoman in the past.


Both politicians were accompanied by Lower House legislators Zoe Lofgren, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Nydia Velázquez, Judy Chu, Raúl Ruiz, Yvette Clarke, and Yvette Clarke, as well as Senators Amy Klobuchar, Alex Padilla, and Ben Ray Luján, who they pledged their support for the initiative.



The project foresees an eight-year process for the undocumented to achieve citizenship. Biden News: Previously, they will be protected by a temporary status and, after five years, they will be able to opt for a permanent residence card (known by its name in English “green card”).


For “dreamers,” TPS beneficiaries, and immigrant farm-workers, the initiative proposes “immediate” legal residency and citizenship three years later.


It will be a fundamental requirement for these people "to have been in the country before January 1, 2021".


The bill also repeals the re-entry ban for those who have been illegally in the United States, removes country caps for employment-based visas, and increases quotas for U visas (which are granted to individuals) from 10,000 to 30,000. Victims of physical or mental abuse)!


Likewise, it eliminates the minimum period of one year for those in the country to request asylum, replaces the term “foreigner” with “non-citizen” and promotes the reunification of families, especially LGBTQ + family groups.


On the other hand, it addresses the causes of migration by financing a plan by the Joe Biden Administration to increase assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, from where the majority of immigrants who seek to cross to the United States from Mexico come.


It also creates options for people seeking protection to apply for legal status in Central America; re-establishes the Central American minors program that allows children to be reunited with their parents residing in the US; and allocates resources for the use of technology at the borders.


The White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, highlighted this Thursday in a call with journalists that she hopes that more conservatives will join the sponsors of this project, indicating that "historically this has been an issue that Democrats and Republicans are dealing with. Committed”!


In that sense, he announced that it will be necessary to have negotiations in this regard.


And settled: Biden "believes that the modernization of our immigration system is an absolute priority for the country."