What would be the impact of the path to citizenship for each state?

Who would be eligible for a path to citizenship?

The Biden administration’s immigration reform has been a controversial issue among the American population in recent months. This is because, apart from proposing to improve legal immigration routes and existing programs, it also proposes to open a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants residing in the US undocumented.

The ideal behind this proposal is not specifically to legalize foreigners who violated local immigration law, but to offer amnesty and protection to essential workers who have helped the country overcome the global juncture by providing their services in sectors essential to the local market.

However, although the path to citizenship seems quite broad, there are certain eligibility requirements to qualify for this benefit if approved by Congress, more specifically by the Senate.

For instance, Democratic leaders are focusing on protecting:

  • Dreamers, young immigrants who were brought to the US as minors.
  • Beneficiaries of deportation relief programs such as TPS (Temporary Protected Status), DED (Deferred Enforced Departure) or DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
  • Undocumented farmworkers.
  • Essential health care workers.

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What would be the impact of the path to citizenship for each state?

In mid-September, CAP (Center for American Progress) released a fact sheet called “State-by-State Estimates of Citizenship in Budget Reconciliation”, which reveals what the actual impact of immigration reform would be in each state.

To understand the study’s results, it is important to explain that the Biden administration is trying to promote a path to citizenship through the reconciliation process, which would allow the Democratic Caucus to pass the 2022 budget package with only 51 votes in the Senate, instead of 60.

Naturally, because Democratic leaders are trying to circumvent Republican filibuster in the Senate to promote comprehensive immigration reform, the budget package has sparked a national debate in recent weeks.

Returning to the fact sheet, CAP reveals that there are some states where there would be more undocumented immigrant populations eligible for a path to citizenship. The list is led by California (1’316,100 individuals), Texas (1’186,100 individuals), Florida (544,500 individuals) and New York (463,200).

In addition to exposing the impact of the path to citizenship by state, CAP also emphasizes the need to pass this immigration reform to protect the national economy, encourage entrepreneurship, create jobs for the local population, protect international competitiveness, stimulate GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and increase wages for American workers in the medium and long term.

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