WASHINGTON, D.C. –today, President Joe Biden issued a statement regarding Senator Bob Menendez and Representative Linda Sanchez Immigration Bill.
Biden said the Immigration Bill is “an irrefutable source of our strength and is essential to who we are as a nation.”
Biden added ” The last four years of misguided policies have exacerbated the already broken immigration system and highlighted the critical need for reform. I applaud the important work done by Senator Bob Menendez and Representative Linda Sánchez to modernize our immigration system and introduce The U.S. Citizenship Act. I look forward to working with leaders in the House and Senate to address the wrongdoings of the past administration and restore justice, humanity, and order to our immigration system. This is an important first step in pursuing immigration policies that unite families, grow and enhance our economy, and safeguard our security.”
“The legislation I sent to Congress will bring about much needed change to an immigration system where reform is long overdue. It will responsibly manage the border with smart investments. It will address the root causes of irregular migration from Central America. It will modernize our legal immigration pathways and create an earned path to citizenship for so many – including Dreamers, farmworkers and TPS holders,” said Biden.
Senator Bob Menendez, (D-NJ) alone with Senators Schumer, Padilla, Luja’N, Booker, Hirono, Klobuchar, Sanders, Blumental, Gillibrand, Coons, Baldwin, Bennet, Schatz, Feinstein, Markey, Warren, Hickenlooper, Durbin, Rosen, Van Hollen on Thursday unveiled the text of a sweeping immigration bill backed by President Biden that would grant a pathway to citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants — while pushing back against those who call it “amnesty.”
“To those who want to call this bill amnesty, I know there are some,” Menendez said. “Ten angels could come swearing from above that this is the best tailored legislation, that it will secure our border, regularize our system and they would say, ‘No, it’s amnesty’ — they will never be satisfied.”
The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 includes an eight-year path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, who the White House has estimated to be at 11 million people, but other estimates have put much higher.
In addition to the rapid pathway to citizenship, much shorter than previous proposals, the bill would grant immediate green cards to farmworkers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
Democrats want to give citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants | https://t.co/eaPtxM1k4h— beenewsdaily (@BeeNewsDaily) February 19, 2021
Immigration A Threat To Black America
The bill to destroy middle-class Black America. The Black community has been competitive since the 1960’s, but this bill will destroy the Black communities American dream. The Biden’s administration wants to increase the labor force to compete the jobs–approximately 22 million. More than 10 million new voters will change the political balance in this nation–disempower African American’s.
Biden’s immigration bill provides blanket amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. This reckless plan only puts American workers and our country’s security at risk.— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) February 19, 2021
The bill contains significantly less on border security than previous efforts on bipartisan immigration reform, including funding for technology to expedite screening and enhance the ability of officials to identify contraband.
It is far from clear if the bill has the ability to pass the Senate, where it needs 10 Republican votes to get through the chamber. Republicans, as Menendez noted, have called it a “mass amnesty” bill and even Republicans who have been involved in past immigration reform efforts described it as a non-starter.
“From [former House Speaker] John Boehner, who blocked comprehensive immigration reform from reaching the House floor, white nationalists like Steve King and Jeff Sessions to a manipulative madman named Donald Trump, there will always be those who stand against immigrants, believing reform is somehow a political loss to Republicans and not a win for the United States of America,” he said.
The Biden administration has sought to undo a number of Trump-era border policies, including stopping wall construction, ending Trump-era travel bans, rolling back the Migrant Protection Protocols and attempting to put a 100-day pause on deportations.
But Republicans have warned that the combo of looser border security measures and what they call an amnesty bill will lead to a new crisis at the border and within the U.S.
U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) today issued the following statement regarding the release of President Joe Biden’s immigration proposal:
“President Biden’s mass amnesty legislative proposal, coupled with his unilateral actions to dismantle border security, will encourage more illegal immigration and reduce opportunities for American workers during a pandemic-induced recession when so many are already struggling to find jobs. Why are we placing the interests of non-citizens over the interests of Americans?”
Source:White House, Senator Bill Hagerty, Representative Burgess Owens, and Fox News contributed to this article.