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Eleven million people could soon obtain U.S. citizenship.

Seeking to reverse President Trump’s rigid immigration policies, President Biden proposes an 8-year naturalization process.

One of President-elect Biden’s first actions was to send a bill known as the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 to Congress to restore humanity and American values ​​in the immigration system.

In addition to reversing President Trump’s rigid immigration policies, the legislation modernizes the immigration system. It prioritizes keeping families together, stimulating the economy, managing the border responsibly with intelligent investments, addressing the root causes of Central American migration, and ensuring that the United States will continue to be a haven for those fleeing violence and persecution.

It’s the first comprehensive immigration reform introduced in Congress since 2013, and while Democrats control both houses of Congress, no vote can be taken for granted. The bill must receive votes from at least nine Republicans in the Senate to reach the required two-thirds majority.

If the Biden administration’s bill passes, it will represent the most substantial overhaul of America’s immigration system in decades.

In addition to signing an executive order to preserve and strengthen the DACA program, Biden’s proposed bill drew attention for including an eight-year process to obtain citizenship for more than 11 million immigrants without legal status today.

In the timetable for obtaining citizenship, those living in the United States without legal status on January 1, 2021, will receive temporary legal status, or a Green Card, in five years. To do this, they would have to pass a background check, pay taxes, and meet other requirements. Millions of unauthorized immigrants are already paying taxes using an individual taxpayer identification number. Workers without legal status generate millions of dollars for Social Security and Medicare, but they are not entitled to any of the benefits of a social security number.

If approved, the Biden plan will benefit:

  • DACA Dreamers.

  • Holders of temporary protected status.

  • Agricultural workers.

  • Orphans, widows, children.

  • Filipino veterans who fought alongside the U.S. in World War II.

  • Immigrants with family sponsorship approved to join their families in the United States temporarily.

  • Asylum seekers (the project aims to eliminate the one-year deadline for submitting asylum applications).

  • Other vulnerable populations, such as applicants for U, T and VAWA Visas.

  • Foreign assistants to U.S. troops.

What would have to happen next for Biden’s bill to pass?

Biden just introduced the bill. To become law, the bill must be approved by Congress. Democrats and Republicans alike agree that reform is a gigantic undertaking, but President Biden said he is willing to see Congress pass the bill piecemeal.

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