Accelerating the issuance of green cards and the legalization of 'dreamers': what is Biden preparing to do
President-elect Joe Biden's new administration promises to focus on reducing waiting times for citizenship, providing automatic green cards to protected illegal immigrants and adding immigration judges to reduce delays in court hearings, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said. Writes about it Political.
Harris said the administration's bill provides for the immediate provision of green cards to immigrants under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and DACA program protection. She added that the administration will also try to shorten the time it takes to obtain US citizenship from 13 to eight years, making the naturalization process more efficient.
"It will be a smarter and more humane approach to immigration," Harris said of the new government's legislative plans.
Harris also said they hope to add more judges to reduce the backlog in immigration cases - an issue President Donald Trump has often used to justify tighter controls on the southern border.
Harris' comments come just before a group of illegal activists from across the country plans to team up with local religious leaders to demand a meeting with Biden. They plan to put pressure on him "so that he fulfills his campaign promises and takes immediate action," the defenders said.
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"The reversal of Trump's anti-immigrant policies is a start, but it cannot be the end of Biden's immigration plan," said Pastor Chelsea Spiers and Rev. Edwin Estevez, who lead the Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington.
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