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Biden Immigration Agenda Takes Shape as Bill Unveiled

  • Plan includes a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants
  • Package could be split into separate bills to win GOP votes
Biden’s proposal includes an multi-year path to citizenship for immigrants living illegally in the U.S.

Biden’s proposal includes an multi-year path to citizenship for immigrants living illegally in the U.S.

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President Joe Biden’s proposed immigration overhaul was introduced in Congress on Thursday, kicking off what will likely be one of his most difficult legislative challenges.

The legislation, known as the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, hews closely to the outline that Biden sent to Congress on his first day in office. The proposal includes an eight-year path to citizenship for most of the roughly 11 million immigrants living illegally in the U.S., bolsters the nation’s refugee and asylum systems and calls for additional technology to be used to help secure the southern border.