Democrats to unveil Biden's US immigration reform bill

Democrats are unveiling Biden-backed legislation Thursday morning to overhaul the immigration system, which includes setting up a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

In 2018, roughly 11.2 million immigrants living in the USA were from there, accounting for 25% of all US immigrants. It faces an uphill battle in the Senate, where 10 Republican votes would be needed to overcome a filibuster.

There are no Republicans known to be on board as of now, and some Republicans who had been part of past efforts, such as the 2013 bill that cleared the Senate, have already rejected Mr.

"We're just focusing on what works".

During the CNN town hall Tuesday night, Biden said that while a pathway to citizenship would be essential in any immigration bill, 'there´s things I would deal by itself'. It has not received public support among Republicans. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who voted with Democrats to convict Trump, touted his own measure this week that would increase the minimum wage "while ensuring businesses can not hire illegal immigrants".

Since coming to power, Biden has announced a push to reform immigration and roll back his predecessor's hardline policies, including with the creation of a special task force to reunite families separated by Trump's "zero tolerance" border policy towards undocumented immigrants.

The press secretary said Biden strongly believes teachers should be "prioritized" for vaccinations, which is happening in about half of US states.

Democrats are also pushing ahead with several smaller-scale immigration bills, including a measure that would offer a path to citizenship to so-called "Dreamer" immigrants who were brought illegally to the United States as children.

Farmworkers, immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, and people with temporary protected status - granted to those whose homelands are deemed too unsafe to return to - would have the fastest route to naturalization. First, it would provide them with a new type of temporary status for five years and then allow them to obtain citizenship after another three years.

The path to citizenship only applies to people who have been in the country since January 1, 2021.

Biden has characterized his bill as a way to reimagine immigration in the United States after the Trump administration clamped down on it, and the measure addresses details such as replacing the word "alien" with "noncitizen". Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the son of Cuban immigrants raised in a tenement in Union City, N.J. The bill will be introduced in the House by California Democrat Linda Sánchez and, a week later, in the upper chamber by Sen.

Advocates and dozens of lawmakers are urging Senate Democrats to instead legalize at least 5 million undocumented immigrants this year through the budget reconciliation process, which requires a simple majority to pass.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, people who qualify for Temporary Protected Status from countries suffering from war and natural disasters, and farm workers who can prove they have a work history essentially get bumped to the front of the "green card" line provided they pass background checks and meet other requirements.

The largest percentage of undocumented immigrants come from Mexico, according to the Pew Research Center.

"There is a point where Joe Biden is going to have to decide", said Nicole Melaku, executive director of the National Partnership for New Americans, a coalition of immigrant advocacy groups.