Democrats on Thursday (Feb. 18, US time) announced a bill that would legislate President Joe Biden’s plan to pave the way for 11 million illegal immigrants to become US citizens. Left-wing politicians say there is no justification for denying undocumented immigrants’ right to permanently reside in the United States.
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Top Democratic Party leaders say the bill they have just announced, which has been blocked by Republicans for more than a decade, is the law “should have been around for a long time“. They also emphasized that most of the 11 million illegal immigrants covered by the new bill have been living in the US for many years and have homes, businesses, and children born in America.
Under the bill, it will take US authorities about eight years to naturalize all 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.
Some immigrants, including those who were brought to the United States from a young age and the workers on the farm, will quickly receive a green card to immigrate to, allowing them to continue working in the United States. legal.
Others, including tens of thousands who have been in the United States for many years under temporary protection (TPS) because they suffer violent events or natural disasters at home, will also be quick. enjoy permanent residence status in the US.
The bill also proposes an end to calling undocumented immigrants “foreigners”(Alien) in American legal documents. Instead, they would be called in a less disdainful way, “stateless people”(Non-citizen).
Referring to the newly announced immigration bill, Democratic Senator Bob Menendez said: “It’s time to get all 11 million undocumented immigrants out of the balli ”.
“We have an urgent economic and ethical need to pass a massive, bold, and comprehensive immigration reform that won’t let anyone fall behind …“, Mr. Menendez said.
However, the Biden administration’s plans to overhaul the immigration policy and the Democratic Party are also met with opposition from members of the party, especially Democrats representing the state in the southern border region.
Follow PoliticoSome Democrats in states where immigration is a problem have said that the Democrats’ immigration policy messages and proposals are too much and too early.
Democrat Vicente Gonzalez (Texas) said: “The way we are doing now is catastrophe and the way that leads to disaster in a pandemic scene [virus corona]“.
“Our party should be concerned. If they get off the rails, it’ll be bad for us”Mr. Gonzalez said. “Mr. Biden will have to work with Congress [mà Đảng Dân chủ chiếm thiểu số] if he continues to go in some way like this“.
Democrat Henry Cuellar (Texas) stressed that he voiced concern before Election Day that a rapid reversal of Mr. Trump’s policies would lead to an increase in immigration in the border area.
“I said: ‘Listen, we don’t want the wall [biên giới] But on other matters we will have to be careful so that we don’t create the feeling that we open the frontier ‘, because if that kind of feeling is created, the number of immigrants will start to increase. And clearly, we’re beginning to see an increase in immigrants”Mr. Cuellar said.