Local advocates hopeful proposed immigration bill will provide path to citizenship for millions


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Biden Administration has provide you with a sweeping immigration plan to supply undocumented immigrants the chance to apply for a authorized standing.

The proposed laws, which nonetheless has a great distance to go, is called the “U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021.”

“There are thousands of undocumented immigrants who can benefit from this,” stated Ruben Kihuen, of the Immigrant Home Foundation. “A lot of these folks are already the backbone to our economy in Nevada. They are our housekeepers, our janitors, our cooks.”

“I think the last four years of the last administration really showed us how back and forth we’ve been with immigration,” added Martha Menendez, a neighborhood Immigration lawyer. “Things were very unclear for people that were here, no matter what your type of visa, how you got here or how long you’ve been here.”

According to the White House:

“The U.S. Citizenship Act would provide dreamers, TPS holders (also known as temporary protected status holders) and immigrant farmworkers the chance to get a green card effective immediately after the legislation. Then after three years, all green card holders who pass additional background checks and demonstrate knowledge of the English language can apply to become citizens.”

“If you pass an actual legislation and pass this bill through Congress, it is a permanent solution that is going to help 12 million undocumented immigrants,” stated Kihuen. 

It would additionally increase employee visas and help asylum seekers, elevating the cap on U-Visas from 10,000 to 30,000.

The bill was launched by Representative Linda Sanchez and Senator Bob Menendez. In order to get by means of Congress, the bill will want help from 60 senators.

“I’m very hopeful that both parties, republican and democrat can come together and resolve this issue, because this isn’t a political issue,” stated Kihuen. “This is a human issue.”


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