Will there be immigration reform with Joe Biden?
President-elect Joe Biden will reveal a comprehensive immigration plan on his first day in office, a source with knowledge of the proposal told CNN.
This person outlined an agenda that provides a multi-year path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants currently in the United States.
The proposal will be sent to Congress on Wednesday, shortly after Biden's inauguration, the source said.
The plan also seeks to address the root cause of migration from Central American countries, as well as improve the use of technology at the border.
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What does Biden's immigration plan propose?
During his campaign, Biden promised that immigration reform would be a priority in his administration.
A position directly contrary to the rhetoric and anti-immigration actions that defined Donald Trump's four years in office.
The president-elect also faced pressure from immigration groups throughout the campaign.
Indeed, many of them were concerned that the deportation that occurred during Obama's term would continue in the Biden administration.
The central tenet of Biden's plan is the path to citizenship.
A measure that would allow certain undocumented immigrants to obtain citizenship in eight years.
The project, according to the source, would grant certain immigrants a temporary status for five years.
Then, it would allow them to apply for permanent residence (better known as a "green card") after that time and if they meet certain criteria.
Three years later, it would allow them to apply for citizenship.
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However, the process for beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would be simplified.
The so-called dreamers - protected by the program that began under Obama's mandate - would be allowed to apply for residency immediately.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris recently outlined the upcoming immigration plan in an interview with the Univision network.
“It will be about creating a path for people to obtain citizenship.
We are going to reduce the time from what is currently 13 years to 8 years.
We are going to expand protections for Dreamers and DACA recipients, "he said.
“These are some of the things that we are going to do on our immigration bill.
And we believe that it is a more intelligent and humane way to approach immigration, "he completed.
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The plan, initially reported by
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, will also require immigrants to have been in the United States in early 2021. A decision that was made to stop any mass migration to the US-Mexico border.
Trump made immigration one of the central points of his presidential candidacy.
At the time, he promised to build a wall along the US-Mexico border to prevent the arrival of undocumented immigrants.
Although part of the wall has been built, Trump's actions have not lived up to his words.
And he leaves office with only a handful of immigration accomplishments to mention.
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The likelihood of Congress passing the extensive immigration proposal is an open question.
Previous attempts, such as the concerted push to pass an immigration bill in 2013, have failed.
Additionally, the Republican Party now has more immigration hardliners after four years under Trump.
"It would be a privilege to work with Congress to pass an immigration reform law that provides that path and a permanent solution to what is clearly a broken system," Alejandro Mayorkas, chosen by Biden to head the Department of Homeland Security, told senators. , on Tuesday.
This immigration plan will not be Biden's only action on the matter at the beginning of his administration.
Incoming White House Secretary General Ron Klain wrote in a memo over the weekend that Biden will begin the process of reuniting families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border within his first ten days in office. .
In addition, sources familiar with Biden's plans anticipate that he will also issue an executive order to halt construction of Trump's border wall and reinstate the DACA program.
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