President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will focus on providing a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants and grant green cards to individuals protected under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policies.
Speaking with Univision’s Ilia Calderón on Tuesday, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris mentioned a sweeping immigration reform bill that the incoming administration plans to quickly introduce.
The efforts outlined in the bill include granting immediate green card access to immigrants currently protected under DACA, and decreasing the amount of time required to acquire U.S. citizenship from 13 years to eight, Politico reported.
Harris also said that the administration hopes to add more immigration judges to relieve a backlog of pending cases.
Under the new plan, immigrants could become eligible for legal permanent residence after five years, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“It’s a smarter and much more humane way of approaching immigration,” Harris said Tuesday.
Biden administration also reportedly plans to quickly introduce a sweeping immigration reform bill that would make citizenship and green cards easier to obtain for individuals protected under DACA. Here, immigration rights activists rally at the U.S. Supreme Court on November 12, 2019.
Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center Immigrant Justice Fund, was consulted by the Biden team on the matter. She told the Los Angeles Times that unlike other immigration bills, Biden’s proposed legislation will not focus directly on increasing security enforcement and preventative measures.