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Biden Offers Plan to Protect "Dreamers" & Provide a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Workers

As promised during the election, President Joe Biden will quickly offer legislation to protect beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program [DACA, Dreamers] who were brought to America as children. The legislation will also offer a clear and specific path to citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants who live and work in the United States.

Los Angeles Times: “During his first days in office, President-elect Joe Biden plans to send a groundbreaking legislative package to Congress to address the long-elusive goal of immigration reform, including what’s certain to be a controversial centerpiece: a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants who are in the county without legal status.”
“The bill also would provide a shorter pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of people with temporary protected status and beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals who were brought to the U.S. as children, and probably also for certain front-line essential workers, vast numbers of whom are immigrants.”

Long-time immigration reform advocates who have seen the plan are impressed by its breadth and boldness.

Politico: "Hector Sanchez Barba, head of Mi Familia Vota, who has criticized Biden on immigration policy in the past, wouldn’t share specific details discussed in the private meeting. Still, he said, Biden’s plan “is the most aggressive agenda that I have seen on immigration reform from day one — not only the legislative package, but also executive orders.”

With Democrats now in control of the Senate after their recent victories in George, Biden's plan has a chance of passage, but it's far from certain. The Democrats have a very narrow majority, and the Trumpist, anti-immigrant, wing of the Republican Party will work feverishly to defeat the measure. Biden's proposal strikes as the essence, the heart of white nationalist populism which isn't going away even after Trump's defeat.

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By: Don Lam & Curated Content

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