FAST FIVE: Biden To 'Immediately' Send Congress Bill That Would Offer Citizenship To 11 Million Illegals
Biden To 'Immediately' Send Congress Bill That Would Offer Citizenship To 11 Million Illegals President-elect Joe Biden will 'immediately' send a legislative package to Congress which would provide a pathway to citizenship for some 11 million illegal immigrants, according to the Los Angeles Times, according to “immigrants rights activists in communication with the Biden-Harris transition team.” The bill would also provide a shorter pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of people living in the United States under a temporary protected status and/or who qualify under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program who were brought into the US as children.
And in what the Times calls a “significant departure from many previous immigration bills under both Democratic and Republican administrations,” the Biden plan would contain zero provisions for stepped-up immigration enforcement and security measures, according to Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center Immigrant Justice Fund, who was informed of the details by Biden staffers.
Bernie Sanders, and his progressive base – said that Biden's decision to not prioritize additional enforcement measures was probably a result of lessons learned from the Obama administration's failed attempt to appease Republicans by backing tighter immigration enforcement in hopes of gaining their support for immigration relief.
A number of legislators and analysts had predicted that the new administration, at least in its first months in power, would be likely to pursue immigration measures that would stir the least controversy and could be achieved by executive actions rather than legislation.
“It's time for essential workers to no longer be treated as disposable, but to be celebrated and welcomed as American citizens,” said Castro, adding “If your labor feeds, builds and cares for our nation, you have earned the right to stay here with full legal protection, free from fear of deportation.” And look at this – just in time: A Honduran migrant caravan is heading to the United States.