President Biden will sign immigration bills that don’t create a pathway to citizenship for the country’s roughly 11 million illegal immigrants, but it’s still a priority for his administration.
Biden was pressed Tuesday on whether he would give his presidential approval to an immigration measure that came across his desk even if it didn’t provide citizenship opportunities as he and congressional Democrats prepare to release a proposal this week.
“Yeah, there’s a whole range of things that relate to immigration,” Biden told CNN during a televised town hall.
Biden specifically referenced reforms he has enacted regarding refugees and asylum-seekers, as well as more changes he’d like to make.
Biden, for instance, is planning to increase refugee admissions from former President Donald Trump’s record-low cap of 15,000 to 62,500 from October 2020. This week, his administration will permit 25,000 asylum-seekers with active cases under Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” program into the country while their applications are processed by