Biden and Democrats introduce immigration bill

The administration of President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress will unveil immigration reform on Thursday that could offer nearly 11 million people living in the United States without legal status an eight-year path to citizenship.

The initiative, which will be released in detail in the morning, will reflect the overarching priorities Biden set on his first day in office for immigration reform, such as increased visas and funding to process asylum applications and new technology in the border with Mexico.

Although the plan offers one of the fastest routes to citizenship compared to other proposals in recent years, it does not offer to improve border security, an issue that previous negotiations on immigration have used as a way to win Republican votes.

Without better border security, the project may run into difficulties in a highly divided Congress.

The bill would immediately provide immigrant permanent residency cards (“green cards”) to agricultural laborers, who received temporary protected status, and youth who came to the United States without permission as children.

For other people who have lived in the United States until January 1, 2021, the plan sets a five-year path for them to obtain temporary legal status, if they pass background checks, pay taxes and meet other basic requirements.

Then after another three years, they can obtain citizenship.