Only after a week of taking office, US President Joe Biden introduced a comprehensive immigration agenda to be referred to Congress. This new plan seeks to “restore humanity and American values to the US immigration system.”
President Biden reversed several Trump-era immigration policies including continuing to accept Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications and an end to the separation of families at the border.
What is the 8-Year Pathway for 11 Million Immigrants to the US?
President Joe Biden has introduced an 8-year US immigration policy to help immigrants without legal status and improve refugee admissions.
The new policy intends to grant temporary status valid for 5 years to the millions of qualifying immigrants which would make them eligible for a Green Card for permanent residence and eventually applying for US Citizenship.
Only immigrants already present in the United States as of January 1, 2021, qualify for this policy change.
What Are the Other Changes Introduced to US Immigration?
The bill provides a pathway for citizenship to undocumented foreign nationals, namely dreamers, under Temporary Protected Status and certain farmworkers.
The Trump administration had previously halted applications for this program but President Biden plans to continue this Obama-era program.