Congressional Democrats, spurred on by the Biden administration, introduced a bill on Thursday that seeks to grant more than 11 million illegal immigrants an eight-year pathway to citizenship.
The “U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021,” introduced by Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Democratic Rep. Linda Sánchez of California, will not only give people who illegally crossed the border into the U.S. before January 1, 2021, the opportunity for a five-year temporary status and then three-year citizenship waiting period. The bill, if passed, would also remove bans on people who previously illegally lived in the U.S. from re-entering, funnel billions of dollars into Central America for refugee programs, provide easier access for certain workers to immigrate to the United States, and replace the term “alien” with “noncitizen” in U.S. immigration laws.
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