WASHINGTON – The government of President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress would present a bill this week that would include the immigration guidelines announced by the president on his first day in charge of the country, sources confirmed to NBC News.
The draft bill, dubbed the “US Citizenship Act of 2021,” would include a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, expand the refugee program, and designate funds to use new technologies for border security.
The plan would also include other protections, such as an asylum process for minors in their countries of origin, additional benefits for undocumented youth known as “dreamers”, and ending the public charge rule for immigration processes.
While similar initiatives to address comprehensive immigration reform have been unsuccessful in recent years under both Republican and Democratic administrations, the Biden administration believes it can divide its immigration plan into multiple parts to facilitate approval in Congress.
In the second instance, legislators would try to pass a law to give a path to permanent residence for farm workers and dreamers. At the moment, according to sources who spoke with NBC News, the goal is to progressively advance Biden’s immigration agenda.