Biden To Announce Major Overhaul Of Immigration Laws

Joe Biden will introduce a massive overhaul of immigration laws on the first day of his administration
President-elect Joe Biden (screen capture)

On Day One of his administration, President-elect Joe Biden will announce an ambitious, extensive overhaul of immigration laws that will aim to provide a path to citizenship for nearly 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status.

From HuffPost:

Under the legislation, those living in the U.S. as of Jan. 1, 2021, without legal status would have a five-year path to temporary legal status, or a green card, if they pass background checks, pay taxes and fulfill other basic requirements. From there, it’s a three-year path to naturalization, if they decide to pursue citizenship.

For some immigrants, the process would be quicker. So-called Dreamers, the young people who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children, as well as agricultural workers and people under temporary protective status could qualify more immediately for green cards if they are working, are in school or meet other requirements.

Under Donald Trump, immigration laws have been curtailed to be harsh and restrictive and included massive deportations.