President-elect Joe Biden is immediately demand Congress grant legal status to an estimated 11 million illegal aliens in the United States, according to the Associated Press.
Biden has announced this will be the focus of his early administration. He plans to put forward legislation for consideration by Congress, given that Democrats now control both the House of Representatives and the Senate, following the victories of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the Georgia Senate runoffs.
Biden’s Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, has announced that legislation will be ready “on his first day in office”.
If successful, it will be the largest immigration amnesty in U.S. history, dwarfing President Ronald Reagan’s 1986 amnesty, which guaranteed citizenship to just 3 million illegal immigrants to the United States.
The bill is also set to include a path to citizenship for refugees with temporary protected status, as well as beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Unlike past immigration reform efforts, the legislation will not attempt to tackle the issue of border security and enforcement.
The plan was formulated by National Immigration Law Center executive director Marielena Hincapie, a left-wing activist who previously also served as the co-chair of the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force on Immigration. The Task Force aimed to push Biden closer towards the hard-left approach to illegal immigration that was embraced by his 2020 primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).