Sweeping U.S. Immigration Reform Legislation Proposed
- Raising the per-country caps on family and employment-based legal immigration numbers.
- Providing an eight-year path to U.S. citizenship for individuals in the U.S. without legal status (commonly referred to as “undocumented” persons), and a shorter path to legal status for agriculture workers and those eligible under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program
- Repealing the penalty that prohibits undocumented foreign nationals in the U.S. who leave the country from returning to the U.S. for between three to ten years
- A plan to enable refugee processing in Central America, to discourage migrants from trying to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Only undocumented persons who were in the United States by Jan. 1, 2021, will be eligible for the legalization process under the proposed legislation.
- The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which creates a pathway to legalization for agricultural or farm workers and reforms the existing (H-2A) visa program for agriculture workers
- The Dream and Promise Act, which creates a path to citizenship for DACA recipients
See President Biden’s outline of steps to reform the immigration system in the U.S., here.
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