House-passed immigration bill
The House passed two immigration bills that would establish a path to citizenship for millions of people. This bill aims to restore humanity and American values to the immigration system.
The American Dreams and Promises Act applies widely to immigrants known as dreamers.
- The first bill would impact those unlawfully brought to the country as children. About 2.5 million people who arrived in the U.S. as children would become eligible for a path to citizenship. This bill would eventually allow most undocumented immigrants to become citizens. Currently, about 4,500 children are in Customs & Border Protection custody.
In the first week of Joe Biden’s presidency, his efforts to reverse former President Donald Trump’s strict United States immigration policies have been hit and miss. On the other hand, his executive policies change Trump’s zero-tolerance policy that resulted in the separation of many families. Immigrant rights campaigners have insisted Biden’s administration let the affected families reunite. He had promised to stop most deportations for 100 days.
Under Biden, more unaccompanied children are being allowed to remain in the U.S.
2. The second bill is the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. It would provide a path to legal status for farmworkers.It is estimated at least half of 2.4 million farmworkers are staying illegally in the U.S. Through this bill U.S. will provide farmworkers with important work protections and legal rights that they never had before and they desperately need today.
Democrats favored the bill, and most Republicans opposed it. Votes from at least 10 Senate Republicans are needed to pass the legislation.
The bipartisan immigration deal is seen as a key priority for the Biden administration. Immigration groups and Democratic-led states fought cases regarding United States immigration policies, in court.