Biden To Give Out Even More Citizenships?

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( – The Biden administration is gearing up to introduce a significant new immigration policy, reportedly one of the largest of its kind in recent years, according to CBS News. The initiative, based on information from four unnamed sources, is designed to provide legal status to hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. for at least a decade.

A key feature of this policy, crafted by White House officials, involves issuing work permits and protection against deportation to unauthorized immigrants married to American citizens. This proposal, known as “Parole in Place,” would also simplify the path to permanent legal status and U.S. citizenship by removing a hurdle that currently requires immigrants who entered illegally to leave the U.S. before they can apply for green cards.

Additionally, the Biden administration plans to make it easier for DREAMers and other undocumented individuals to apply for temporary visas like the H-1B, which is intended for highly skilled workers, by streamlining the waiver request process.

While these measures are expected to be announced as early as Tuesday, coinciding with the 12th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, they have yet to be finalized. DACA currently shields around 530,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.

Although no final decisions have been confirmed, White House spokesperson Angelo Fernandez Hernandez emphasized the administration’s commitment to reforming what he described as a “broken immigration system.”

This “Parole in Place” initiative is projected to be the most substantial for undocumented immigrants since DACA was introduced by President Obama in 2012. It aims to benefit a significant number of the estimated 1.1 million undocumented immigrants married to U.S. citizens, contingent upon meeting certain residency and other criteria.

With the presidential election approaching, President Biden’s deployment of executive actions to manage immigration issues reflects a strategic element of his campaign, demonstrated recently by his use of executive power to restrict asylum claims at the southern border—a decision now facing legal pushback from entities like the American Civil Liberties Union.

This proposal, which aims to enhance support among Latino voters, particularly in mixed-status families, is expected to face legal challenges similar to those encountered by other recent immigration policies, primarily from states with Republican leadership who argue that these policies are overly permissive.

Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma, a key Republican figure on border issues, criticized the proposal as a mere extension of what he views as ongoing problems under Biden’s administration, referring to it as “amnesty” that would exacerbate existing border challenges.

Despite these hurdles, President Biden has expressed a preference for bipartisan legislation to tackle immigration reforms, blaming the lack of progress on the Republican-majority House of Representatives. He stated that his preference for legislative solutions has been stymied by partisan gridlock, necessitating these executive actions.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has already been running a scaled-down “Parole in Place” program specifically for military families for more than a decade, allowing some undocumented relatives of U.S. military personnel and veterans to obtain green cards without leaving the country.

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