Biden OKs legal status for 11M immigrants
By Associated Press, January 18, 2021
SAN DIEGO: President-elect Joe Biden’s decision to immediately ask Congress to offer legal status to an estimated 11 million people in the country has surprised advocates given how the issue has long divided Democrats and Republicans, even within their own parties.
Biden will announce legislation on his first day in office to provide a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants in the United States, according to four people briefed on his plans.
The president-elect campaigned on a path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million people in the United States illegally, but it was unclear how quickly he would move while wrestling with the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and other priorities. For advocates, memories were fresh of presidential candidate Barack Obama pledging an immigration bill his first year in office in 2009, but not tackling the issue until his second term.