Millions of Undocumented Immigrants Could Be Given Path to Work Under Biden’s New Bill

Democrats added a new provision to President Joe Biden‘s $1.75 trillion social safety net plan that could open a path to legal work for the roughly 7 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

Under the new policy, undocumented immigrants would receive permission to apply for work and travel permits for five years, the Associated Press reported. The rule would also allow the federal government to admit additional people into the country through unused work visas.

The Senate parliamentarian ruled twice already that Democrats could not put immigration measures into the bill that would be passed through the reconciliation process. But with pressure over the Biden administration’s handling of the border mounting, many Democrats feel reforms are needed.

“We have to have something for our immigrants,” said Representative Judy Chu, a California Democrat and a member of the Progressive Caucus, according to the AP.

Because the new proposals build off existing immigration programs, Democrats hope the Senate parliamentarian will approve of the new measures in the coming days. The president appeared hopeful that this version of immigration reform will pass, setting aside $100 billion for the program which could take the cost of the bill from $1.75 trillion to $1.85 trillion.

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