Biden to push citizenship for US illegal immigrants in speech despite surging border crisis

Biden to push citizenship for US illegal immigrants in speech despite surging border crisis


President Biden will use his first speech to Congress Wednesday night to renew his call for immigration reform legislation despite a disastrous surge of migrants to the US-Mexico border since he took office, according to a report.

Biden will call for a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the US, while signaling he’s open to bills that legalize smaller subsets, the Washington Post reports.

Republicans have accused Biden of creating new “pull” factors for migration with the legislation.

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The House of Representatives last month passed two bills that would create paths to citizenship for about half of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the US, including farmworkers and people brought illegally to the US as children.

But passage in the evenly divided Senate is more difficult and requires a 60-vote supermajority.

Republicans have accused President Joe Biden of creating new “pull” factors for illegal immigrants to cross the US-Mexico border. Getty Images

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