Democrats unveil Biden's immigration bill, including an eight-year path to citizenship
Lawmakers and White House officials unveiled sweeping immigration legislation Thursday, including a proposal for a path to citizenship for roughly 11 million migrants living without legal status in the USA.
"We're here today because last November, 80 million Americans voted against Donald Trump and against everything he stood for. They voted to restore common sense, compassion and competence in our government, and part of that mandate is fixing our immigration system," Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said in a virtual news conference.
The plan is based on the comprehensive immigration legislation proposal President Joe Biden introduced on his first day in office.
The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 includes: an eight-year pathway to citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants; a shorter process to legal status for agriculture workers and recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program; and an enforcement plan that includes deploying technology to patrol the border.
The bill calls for $4 billion over four years "to confront corruption, enhance security and foster prosperity" in migrant communities." It lays out a plan to create refugee processing in Central America to discourage migrants from trying to travel to the U.S.-Mexican border.
The bill is sponsored by Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., in the House of Representatives and by Menendez in the Senate.