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Biden plans bill to offer legal status to 11 million immigrants without it; measure goes to Congress on day 1

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President-elect Biden outlines policy initiatives while speaking with reporters recently.

UPDATE, Jan. 18: President-elect Joe Biden will now send his immigration bill to Congress on Wednesday, which is his inauguration day.

The Washington Post reported Monday afternoon that in addition to the pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, the measure also includes "a heavy focus on addressing the root causes of migration from Central America."

“Ultimately, you cannot solve problems of migration unless you attack the root causes of what causes that migration,” a Biden official told the Post, citing economic and safety concerns that cause many migrants to flee their home countries. Such is believed to be the case with a large caravan of migrants making their way from Guatemala to the U.S.

The Biden administration is seeking "a more humane and orderly process” after all the "processes that have been so gutted by the (Trump) administration,” the official told the newspaper.

ORIGINAL REPORT, Jan. 16: LOS ANGELES, California -- Within his initial days in the White House, President-elect Joe Biden plans to send a bill to Congress that would offer a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants who are currently living in the U.S. without legal status, according to a Los Angeles Times report on Saturday.

The newspaper, citing conversations between immigrant rights activists and the Biden-Harris transition team, outlined the measure in which immigrants would become eligible for legal permanent residence after five years and for U.S. citizenship after an additional three years.

In addition, the bill would also provide a shorter route for hundreds of thousands of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, recipients to become citizens.

The Times says unlike many prior immigration expansion bills sent to Congress, this one would not include any added mandates for stepped-up enforcement or security efforts.

If approved by what will be a slight Democrat-majority Congress, the Times says Biden’s plan would be "the most sweeping and comprehensive immigration package since President Reagan’s Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which granted legal status to 3 million people who were in the U.S. without documentation."

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          1. “We have put together the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”

            – Joe Biden, October 24, 2020

    1. It’s not one bit controversial to 81,000,000 decent Americans who voted in November. It’s only controversial to the 70,000,000 misguided voters and the Nazis, the racists, the traitors, seditionists, and insurrectionists. Or better known as the anti-American filth who have ruined the Republican Party for the next decade.

      1. No controversy here. Just several million votes that don’t even exist. And another 1000 illegals from Honduras trying to break into this country. Sure hope comrade turner has room for all of them in his dirt farm. He’ll probably have to sell his tractor.

        1. Hey nado, your family has room for them when u are unable to care for your parents. So stfu and be grateful. Turner won’t have to take them in, there will he government programs to assist them and give them a start in America. Then become productive Americans. So folks like you can sit on your can and do nothing. Currently takes about 20 working people to fund your worthless sit at home on your ass and blab all day. Like a girl. So, hush and learn.

          1. I can use four of them as we speak. Starting pay is $17.50 per hour with medical paid.

          1. You’re a moron at best and a traitor at worst. Overall we all know that you are anti-American scum.

          1. “We have put together the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”

            – Joe Biden, October 24, 2020

      2. “We have put together the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”

        – Joe Biden, October 24, 2020

    1. You are an idiot! How would you know the years and years most residency applicants have to wait unless they are well off and well connected. Most of them came here not because they skipped the application process but out of desperation for a better life. You were born here so you know zero of their plight. You only see them through Nativist eyes that think these people are here to take from you. It’s the same Xenophobic story over and over again. Your ancestors got here because of fair immigration laws that allowed them to come to America and if it wasn’t for those laws you, yourself would not be HERE.

      1. Were you born here? I’m sure I’ll get some round about bullshit. I said nothing about what you’re ranting about i simply said two sentences and you ASSUMED alot and think you are right and even worse you think you’re righteous. Triggered

          1. Who’s doing the name calling again? So you berate me for “knowing zero of their plight” but you also were born here and know ZERO but are spouting off about ignorance

          2. No wonder! You are a communist dumb ass. No wonder you want this country to go to hell. uxcrement the wanna be bitch of the far left. They still don’t like you. No one does.

    2. It should take no longer than 30 days. From start to finish. People who did it legally before don’t give a damn. They know it takes too long for no reason. Maybe we can put a stop to illegal immigration by making the legal route feasible.

      1. And guess what’s next? The racist Nazi wall is coming down and will be completely de-funded and Jeff Allen and that scumbag from Kansas will be going to prison for defrauding the human scum that sent them money

          1. Madmike the orange buffoon supporter and seditionist talking through his ass as usual.

  1. Good for the 11 million undocumented workers!! As long as they work, pay taxes and do not commit federal crimes. Most of these people will be eligible for permanent residency and then citizenship unless they have been charged with illegal RE ENTRY to the US or State crimes. Most of them are hard working individuals hoping for a shot at the American dream of a good job and decent homes in which to live in. Undocumented immigrants who are caught are liable to civil removal proceedings through the courts not Criminal prosecution. And NO they are not more liable to commit crimes then American native born. They are 50 % percent less inclined to commit crimes than Native born or Legal Residents. President Reagan gave undocumented immigrants legal status in 1986 and the world didn’t end as we know it. So, sorry Bigots and Racists we have a president who will now be fair to all US inhabitants and not just pander to Xenophobic Haters.

    1. And how are you going to make sure the pay their taxes, not commit crime, not take away jobs from illegal Mexican already here, and not rape all women like they are doing now, not breaking into homes and businesses and pay taxes? How uxrement? All you care about is being seduced by another he/she illegal. Tell the truth now ho.

      1. Wake up still mad at his creepy Uncle for molesting him. You should have told your parents about him instead of holding it in(no pun intended) and growing up thinking all kids get molested.

        1. Then you should be happy uxcrement since your uncle was John Wayne Gacy a leading precinct captain at the demoKKKrat party when he was killing young boys but didn’t want you since you are gay but black. He didn’t like black gay boys. That was your other uncle, Dhamer.

  2. Hard to believe that the Trumptard is gone in 4 days. Hey Trump don’t let the door hit ya where the Lord split ya. Bye, bye Nazi Bastard, Hello Mr Biden, a real president to represent the real Americans. Climate control, fair immigration laws, and a plan to control Covid19 so the economy can recover. What? We got us a real president who is actually looking forward to doing a president’s job? Wow!!

    1. In your wet dreams uxcrement. You dream about that orange man coming into your bedroom and seducing you with his orange thing and you would love it. It’s not like you have a real president that even remembers his name or where he is. The economy was fine and on fire till your traitor wanna be president opened the doors to your communist country. Chink.

    2. Biden does not even know he is president. He is not running anything. Guy not going to do anything except what mess up what trump fixed. You r not that bright

      1. He isn’t even President until Wednesday and he’s already done more for the nation than the orange buffoon did in four years with his campaigns of division and hate.

        1. “We have put together the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”

          – Joe Biden, October 24, 2020

  3. I was a sponsor for someone who immigrated to this country. It took years, with hearings, physicals, background checks, and thousands of dollars in bills. My lawyer was Alfred Armendariz, the former JAG and immigration judge who the federal building downtown is named after. He told me it’s a lengthy process but worth the reward. There’s a reason it’s lengthy, but it should be available for anyone wanting to enter the US. I think of it as a wedding reception: You’re welcome to come but sign the guest book first.

    1. The guest book is unnecessary and does nothing but fuel illegal entry so we don’t know who is coming into the country. The present system is a danger to national security.

      1. Everything you listed above is completely unneeded to process a citizenship application. It should be no more difficult than getting a driver’s license.

  4. Let them in to work and cut the BS. Who is anyone to state what “process” they should go they? Vet them for criminality. Pass? Get to work. All those stay at home “military malingerer disabled” need to get fed.

    1. We Democrats can hold our heads high now that we have proven all the Trump dummies Wrong. After all the noise about the Greatest President Ever winning in a LANDSLIDE! is over with now it is time to look forward to the US having a REAL president and not a Rich Fat Cat Crooked criminal sitting in the White House giving orders like a real life Don Corleone the Sicilian Mafia Boss.

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