Joe Biden’s administration, as well as Democratic lawmakers in Congress, are looking to introduce an immigration reform bill this week to allow 11 million illegal aliens to acquire U.S. citizenship.
With the so-called U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, Biden will begin full-scale implementation of the questionable immigration compromises he promised once he took office, which could provide safeguards for individuals involved in criminal activity and with criminal records to end up entering the United States.
Biden also ended the Stay in Mexico policy, which targeted immigrant detentions at Mexico’s southern border. Now those who are detained will not be returned to Mexico pending due process regarding their immigration status in U.S. immigration courts.
Biden’s actions have met with the disapproval of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which in a statement issued a day before the presidential inauguration, said, “We hope fervently that when it comes to dealing with immigration, the new administration will seek to find common sense policies that not only serve to enhance the economic recovery from COVID, but provide lasting security and prosperity for the country,” said Federation President Dan Stein.
“President Biden must protect American jobs and not capitulate to special interests pushing radical policies that put Americans last,” Stein added, NPR reported.
With the proposed bill, Biden would not only pave the way for 11 million illegal aliens to obtain citizenship, but would also seek to expand the refugee resettlement program and hope to implement as-yet-unspecified new technology on the southern U.S.-Mexico border, according to the Daily Caller.
The Administration would also be considering establishing additional protections for Dreamers and implementing reforms to the public charge rule with the intent of having the federal government expand assistance benefits for immigrants without regard to the asylum seeker’s merit, a requirement the Trump administration promoted for those interested in entering the United States.
To ensure implementation of the new immigration reforms, the Biden administration is seeking to break the bill into separate pieces to increase its survivability in Congress.
In that case, lawmakers would first pass bills to immediately legalize farm workers and Dreamers, according to NBC News.
The bill is expected to be led by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) in the Senate and Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) will push it in the House.