President-elect Joe Biden is planning to provide over 11 million undocumented immigrants with a pathway to citizenship, the Associated Press reports.
According to the AP, the incoming president is expected to immediately propose a bill providing mass amnesty for those in the country illegally.
The bill’s details include giving Green Cards to those who have been present in the United States illegally for five years, and then offering the option of gaining citizenship three years after that, the Daily Wire reported.
An easier path to legal status will also be extended to foreigners in the U.S. on on temporary protective status, as well as those who hold other visas.
Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center Marielena Hincapie said she was given an advanced preview of the legislation.
“This really does represent a historic shift from Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda that recognizes that all of the undocumented immigrants that are currently in the United States should be placed on a path to citizenship,” she told the AP.
Domingo Garcia, the former president of the League of Latin American Citizens, was also pleased with the news of Biden’s proposal.
“I was pleasantly surprised that they were going to take quick action because we got the same promises from Obama, who got elected in ’08, and he totally failed,” Garcia said.
More immigration, fewer deportations
During last year’s presidential campaign, Biden repeatedly drew a distinction between his immigration policies and those of President Donald Trump.
While speaking to members of Iowa’s Asian & Latino Coalition in August of 2019, Biden claimed that America “could afford to take in a heartbeat another 2 million people.”
He has also promised to go easy on illegal immigrants who commit crimes, threatening to fire ICE agents who arrest undocumented aliens for non-felonious conduct. “You change the culture by saying you are going to get fired. You are fired if, in fact, you do that,” Biden said during the Brown & Black Democratic Presidential Forum in January.
“You only arrest for the purpose of dealing with a felony that’s committed, and I don’t count drunk driving as a felony,” he said.