An eight-year path to citizenship announced by the Biden Administration last month, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 (USCA 2021, includes paths to citizenship, a plan to unite families, an expansion of worker visa numbers and more.
The Biden path to citizenship as structured would require the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants to undergo background checks and to pay taxes, while allowing them to live and to work in the United States for five years after which they would be eligible to apply for a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status. Three years after becoming LPR’s (getting their “Green Cards”), they would become eligible to apply for Naturalization.
Other areas that the Act addresses are: A plan for the overseas spouses and children of immigrants already in the U.S. to join them, thereby reuniting families as well as increasing the number of non-immigrant Workers’ Visas issued, allowing more foreign workers into the country on a temporary basis.
The Act also allows for $4 billion annually to go to “distressed” countries from which many people are emigrating, with the intention of creating better local environments in those countries and eliminating the desire to emigrate. Funding is also being allocated for the processing of legal immigrants at port of entry locations while not much attention is paid to border enforcement elsewhere.
Democratic sponsors of the Act realize that they will have to win at least 10 Republican votes to pass.
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