The incoming government’s immigration bill
The US is going through a presidential transition as President Trump did not win a second term and Democratic candidate Joe Biden won the November 3, 2020, election. During this transition period (November 2020 – January 2021 ), the president-elect has detailed some of his strategies and action plans to deliver on his promises and achieve his goals.
One of the most important sectors for the Biden government is immigration. The president-elect, who will take office on January 20, states that the US is an immigrant nation and that the country’s international competitiveness heavily relies on foreign workforce, multicultural inclusion, and racial diversity present in each state and city.
Biden’s team is very supportive of immigration and states that if the federal government implements the right policies and allows legal immigration to a fair extent, the country could overcome the economic crisis brought by the pandemic in less time than by implementing restrictive policies.
Therefore, one of the president-elect’s proposals is to present an immigration bill during first days in office to reform the entire immigration system and establish new laws for immigration processes, deportations and the federal government’s approach to immigration.
Naturally, Biden and his cabinet face great challenges in meeting this ideal. However, if the president-elect implements the right changes from the first days in office, his intention could lead to a solid restructuring of the local immigration system.
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The first immigration reform in over 30 years
The Biden administration’s immigration bill could lead to comprehensive immigration reform for the first time in decades, changing the fate of millions of undocumented immigrants, who currently reside in the US, and of the most vulnerable immigrant communities such as asylum seekers, refugees, DACA recipients (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and TPS beneficiaries (Temporary Protected Status).
In fact, according to a recent Monterey Herald report, in November 1986, nearly 35 years ago, was the last time the US government introduced an immigration bill to offer legal alternatives to approximately 2.7 million undocumented immigrants. This project is known as the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA).
Now, with more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, the Biden administration faces an unprecedented challenge. In order for Biden to reform the entire immigration system, he will need the support of the Senate, both Democratic and Republican representatives, and present strong arguments exposing the need to offer a path to citizenship to foreigners who violated local law by crossing borders without prior authorization.
However, despite obstacles it may encounter, the Biden administration maintains its stance on immigration and plans to use all the tools at its disposal to bring talent from abroad and offer international protection to those who need it most, those fleeing persecution, abuse, war and violence.
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