The U.S. Immigration Act of 2021 is the latest attempt to address undocumented immigration.
The Trump administration was busy with immigration. It took one thousand fifty-eight actions in four years or twenty-two per month to regulate it, according to the Immigration Policy Tracking Project. All the actions were regulatory and non-statutory, meaning the law did not change and the Congress did not have a say in all these changes.
The Biden administration is paying attention, and not only with executive orders that President Biden signed on his first day on the job. Twenty-nine days after taking office, Biden introduced The U.S. Immigration Act of 2021, a comprehensive bill which most notably opens the path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the United States.
- But will the bill attract enough bipartisan support to pass the congress?
- Is the bill encouraging another influx of undocumented immigrants?
- If the bill passes, is the system ready to undertake such a task?
Brian Blackford and Ryan Sevcik are immigration attorneys with Blackford Law and Koley Jessen law firms, respectively, in Omaha, Nebraska. They acknowledge the need for reform as well as the hurdles for the bill to become a law. The key is the willingness of both parties to invest political capital on the issue (read a history of immigration reform and vote here.)
If the bill is passed, both attorneys believe the system will be able to respond with adaptations – more independent judges or even an independent immigration court, moderate increase of USCIS filing fees and more officers. All is doable, but first, let’s pass the bill.
This is Legal USA. The information provided here is not legal advice. Please contact a qualified immigration attorney to obtain legal advice on your issue or problem.
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