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Democrats unveil immigration bill

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 2/18/21, 05:22 pm

A new measure in Congress reflects President Joe Biden’s proposal for an eight-year path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. Democrats revealed the immigration overhaul bill on Thursday.

What would the bill do? Farm workers, immigrants with temporary protected status, and people who arrived in the country illegally as children would become eligible for green cards. Others living in the United States as of the beginning of this year could gain temporary legal status after five years and then pursue citizenship three years later if they passed background checks, paid taxes, and fulfilled other requirements. The narrow Democratic majority in the Senate means the bill likely will not pass, but supporters might try to break up the various proposals and push them through piecemeal.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report in The Stew about Biden’s reversal of Trump-era immigration policies.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 02/19/2021 12:17 am

    I have mixed feelings, but overall I think this may be the best answer to "what about all the illegals already in the U.S.?"

    Rounding them up and sending them home?  ELEVEN MILLION? (and that may be a low number!). I do not believe that would be possible. And consider the disruption to their lives, to their employers, to US citizens married to them, and so forth. 

    By all means put requirements on the candidates for legalization/citizenship:  paying taxes, no criminal records, etc.   

    Anyone else feel they could get behind this?

    Posted: Fri, 02/19/2021 08:54 am

    Yes, as followers of Christ and readers/doers of the Word we definitely should get behind this. Even a cursory reading of what the Bible says about the sojourner, the immigrant, the stranger should lead us to embrace a welcoming stance. This doesn't mean zero-border or open-border. It means a more open system than we've had the past few years, a compassionate as well as rational welcome of refugees who are less likely to participate in insurrection than many US citizens. Those of us who are conservatives should communicate with GOP senators and let them know that we really want bi-partisan progress on this issue.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Fri, 02/19/2021 08:34 pm

    No way! This is about changing the political landscape turning America into California with abortion on demand, transgender education in the schools, hate crime legislation that turns Christians into criminals, and all the other craziness we see happening.  It wouldn't be 11 million people but more like 30 million and then we would see hoards more coming from all over the world. If we care about justice, this would hurt the many unskilled/low-skilled  workers just trying to get by, such as many blacks and Hispanics who are already citizens. The Democrats don't care about minorities but care about having absolute power.  

  • Steve SoCal
    Posted: Sat, 02/20/2021 12:10 pm

    While it gives some idea, I think both the information in this piece and the Politico article it links to are too sketchy in details for someone to really understand the impact of these policy changes.  It would be nice to have something more concrete spelled out based on the actural policy decisions.  I do believe the Biden administration is just going through a knee jerk series of efforts to show they are the opposite of Donald Trump.  It just makes them look like spiteful offended children in the process.