Democrats to formally introduce Biden’s sweeping immigration bill in Congress

President Biden and congressional Democrats to unveil immigration bill

The legislation will benefit the so-called Dreamers, people who were brought to the United States illegally as children and grew up there.

The Obama administration supported making E-Verify, now a voluntary method for screening out illegal immigrants from jobs, mandatory as part of any immigration overhaul.

"President Biden's radical proposal is a nonstarter and should be rejected by Congress", he said. Bob Menendez, are set to unveil the full text of the bill.

The legislation, which is expected to be hundreds of pages long, takes an aggressive pro-immigration approach.

The package would provide an 8-year path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented people - slashed to three years for eligible farm workers; people brought to the United States as children; and those who were granted temporary protected status for fleeing natural and manmade disasters.

"We are signalling that these populations are important", an administration official said.

Those who made it into the country before January 1, 2021, would be eligible. They would receive a permanent residency card, commonly referred to as a "green card", after five years if they pass certain requirements including background checks, and could then apply for citizenship after three years.

- The annual per-country limits on many forms of legal immigration would be raised and family reunifications would speed up for green card holders. It would eliminate the penalty barring those immigrants who live in the USA without authorization and who then leave the country from returning for three to 10 years.

The bill would expand transnational anti-drug task forces in Central America and enhance technology at the border.

Additionally, the package would provide funding for refugee-processing facilities in Central America that an administration official described to reporters as a means of eliminating the need for migrants to travel in large caravans across multiple countries.

The plan includes $4 billion spread over four years to try to boost economic development and tackle corruption in Latin American countries, to lessen pressure for migration to the U.S.

Biden tapped the children of immigrants to shepherd his immigration bill through Congress. Bill sponsors are Rep. Linda T. Sánchez (D-Calif.), the sixth of seven children raised by Mexican immigrants in Southern California, and Sen.

Menendez was part of the bipartisan Gang of Eight senators who negotiated a 2013 immigration reform bill that ultimately collapsed. "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".

'The president feels that all of these requirements that are in the bill - these components of the bill - are what makes it comprehensive, ' White House press secretary Jen Psaki said this week.



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