Instead, they will be called the less pejorative "non-citizens".
Congressional Democrats will release the legislation Thursday on Capitol Hill. During a CNN town hall Tuesday night, Biden said that while a pathway to citizenship would be essential in any immigration bill, "there's things I would deal by itself".
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 U.S. as children; and those who were granted temporary protected status for fleeing natural and manmade disasters.
Farmworkers, immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, and people with temporary protected status - granted to those whose homelands are deemed too unsafe to return to - would have the fastest route to naturalization. It would eliminate the penalty barring those immigrants who live in the US without authorization and who then leave the country from returning for three to 10 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.
A pathway to citizenship for all illegal immigrants in the country has always been a top item on liberal wishlists, and Biden promised such a plan if elected. The bill also expands transnational gang task forces in the region. And it would try to reduce the burden at the border by setting up refugee processing in Central America, to try to prevent some of the immigrant caravans that have overwhelmed border security in recent years.
Removing factors that spur people to migrate is also a major aim of the legislative push, with $4 billion over four years dedicated to improving conditions and reducing corruption in places that are common origins of migration.
Advocates for immigrants cheered plans to formally introduce the bill, the broad outlines of which Biden sent to Congress on his first day in office, but said they doubted it would pass. Democrats hold the House, but they need at least 10 Republican votes to reach the 60-vote threshold to pass the Senate. Bob Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey.
There are no Republicans known to be on board as of now, and some Republicans who had been part of past efforts, such as the 2013 bill that cleared the Senate, have already rejected Mr. Prior to that, a bill backed by President George W. Bush failed in Congress as well, after multiple attempts at compromise. Officials declined to say whether the president would be open to passing aspects of the bill on a piecemeal basis.
That could leave the door open to standalone bills focused on providing a pathway to citizenship for various populations.
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