Along with Capitol Hill, the Joe Biden administration is preparing to reveal legislation this week that aims to provide a legal way to citizenship to the eleven million illegal immigrants living in the United States. For the last few decades, representatives tried to reform the country’s immigration system and fallen short. The latest effort from the Democrats will similarly be a big measure, as the Democratic party only narrowly holds the Senate and House and face Republicans that moved ahead to the right on the matter since the 2013 bipartisan bill.
The latest Biden bill will also likely join a series of other previous immigration moves that narrowly focused on undocumented immigrants in the U.S. who brought to the country as children, are in America under a form of humanitarian relief efforts, and are serving in the agriculture field – setting up a bewildering number of tries to provide legalization process to the undocumented population. Biden repeated on Tuesday that he wants a legal way to citizenship for undocumented immigrants residing in the United States but showed a willingness to pass other provisional immigration measures.
Biden Unveils Plan to Give 11 Million Illegals Citizenship… wait till you see what that does to the American job market!
This guy is nuts!
— Raconteur (@voiceknight) February 18, 2021
The House formerly passed a bipartisan bill that would permit legal status to huge numbers of undocumented farmers and another bill that addresses beneficiaries of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and two other programs and two more programs, Deferred Enforced Departure, Temporary Protected Status, that offer temporary relief. Democratic representatives are eager to raise those bills on the House floor before 1st April, when they may introduce legislation that is already legalized in the chamber without going through committee.
Pathway to U.S. citizenship plan
White House officials came to know the limitations of executive authority in changing immigration policy. Special assistant to the President for immigration for the Domestic Policy Council, Tyler Moran, said the previous month during the United States Conference of Mayors winter meeting that the president didn’t have enough authority to fix the immigration system in several different ways. She adds that what really the President can’t do is offer permanent status to citizens, and they make several runs at this but really have to finalize it to make sure that people are on a pathway to citizenship.
In addition, a group of House Democratic leaders is leading the effort to pass the immigration bill of the Biden administration. Democratic Representative of California, Linda Sanchez, stated that Joe Biden presents his vision for healthy immigration reform. Now, it is up to Congress to bring the immigration policy. With a majority of Democrats in both chambers, such as Senate and House, and an overwhelming majority of the public of their side – along with many legislative tools at their disposal. Additionally, he expressed his hope to become successful in finally getting permanent solutions.
Bob Menendez, the Democratic Senator of New Jersey, will take the lead in the Senate. Whereas the Democratic source is expecting the introduction of a bill by the end of this week. Biden’s latest immigration bill, titled the United States Citizenship Act of 2021, deals with the millions of undocumented immigrants living in America, boosts border technology, and aims at the root causes of migration, according to a fact sheet of the White House. Particularly, the immigration bill provides an instant pathway to nationality for farmworkers, Temporary Protected Status holders, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
Veto that removed by Biden Administration
After the inauguration of Biden, the prospect of possibility on immigration reform started to shift on Capitol Hill. While members and aides acknowledged that Republican leaders would definitely never go to the extent that they wanted on some issues, the hope was without former President Donald Trump, and representatives could get back to the negotiable table. A Democratic senator from Virginia, Tim Kaine, said at the time Republicans want to do things.
Democrats who worked on the package also signaled an honesty to break pieces away from the immigration bill to conclude some results. No matter what would pass in the Senate would need sixty votes, meaning ten Republicans would be necessary to vote on that matter. Menendez told reporters last month that he understands that even though he’ll lead the bill on the White House floor and understands that there is a give and takes place.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Dreamers
Republican Senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, told reporters in January that the sweet spot was possibly something on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. According to him, comprehensive immigration is going to be a difficult sale but doing DACA is possible. Graham and Senator Dick Durbin re-introduced legislation this month that might provide a way to a green card for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
Previously, in 2001, Republican Senator from Utah Orrin Hatch and Democratic Senator from Illinois, Durbin, introduced the Relief, Development, and Education for Alien Minors Act. It intends to provide young, undocumented immigrants in the U.S. with a pathway to legal status and earned the group of those immigrants brought to the United States as children the moniker “Dreamers.” However, looming over that legislative move today is a probable ruling from a Texas federal judge who has a case challenging DACA before him.
The executive director at United We Dream, Greisa Martinez, said that he didn’t believe they are acting with the urgency that justice can rule any day in Texas. In addition, the immigration bill that includes provisions to stem the flow of immigration by handling root causes of migration from south of the U.S. border, along with some border security measures, faces an ambiguous pathway to becoming law – specifically in the Senate.
Republicans in that chamber criticized the bill, with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell calling it a huge proposal for blanket amnesty that would gut execution of U.S. laws while creating massive new incentives for people to rush America illegally at the same time.