As TuskerDaily reported in January, Joe Biden was committed to granting millions of illegal immigrants US citizenship, and he and the Democrats’ just revealed their plan to do just that.
In January then-President-elect Joe Biden promised an aggressive effort to overturn Trump’s supposedly xenophobic policies with the most generous amnesty in U.S. history.
Biden suggested that any illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before Jan. 1 will get a chance at citizenship if they meet certain requirements.
Biden, Democrats Unveil Plan To Give US Citizenship To Millions Of Illegal Immigrants
Democrats unveiled legislation Thursday for President Joe Biden’s plan to create a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, saying there is no justification for denying them a permanent home in the United States.
Top Democrats said the legislation, blocked for more than a decade by Republicans, is “long overdue,” noting that most of those it will address have lived in the country for many years, with homes, businesses, and US-born children and grandchildren.
It will offer an eight-year path to citizenship for most of the 11 million.
Some, including people brought to the country as children — so-called Dreamers — and farmworkers, will get an immediate path to permanent residence or a “green card,” allowing them to work legally.
Others addressed include tens of thousands of people who remained in the United States for years under temporary protected status (TPS) due to violent upheavals or natural disasters in their home countries.
And, underscoring the Biden administration’s reversal from former president Donald Trump’s strident anti-immigration policies, the legislation also proposes to stop branding undocumented immigrants as “aliens” in US law.
Instead, they will be called the less pejorative “non-citizens.”
“It’s time to bring all 11 million undocumented out of the shadows,” said Democratic Senator Bob Menendez.
Proud to introduce the #USCitizenshipAct w/ @RepLindaSanchez & many of our colleagues. This is a bill that will restore humanity & American values to our immigration system, keep families together, grow our economy, & effectively manage our borders. Together we'll get this done! pic.twitter.com/dXdpLQ6rWk
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) February 18, 2021
Biden was Vice president when then-President Barack Obama sought to open a way to citizenship for the Dreamers, only to be forced to compromise for short-term measures after blue-dog Democrats sided with Republicans.
Besides is now offering a pathway to citizenship for millions already living in the United States, Biden wants to take a more forgiving policy at the border, ending Trump’s “zero tolerance” approach and reuniting families separated by it.
Menendez called on Democrats to take advantage of their narrow control of both houses of Congress to push through the legislation.
“Time and time again, we have compromised too much and capitulated too quickly to fringe voices who have refused to accept the humanity and contributions of immigrants to our country,”
But, echoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, he said it was possible the legislation would move through in separate pieces.