House Democrats to Introduce Immigration Registry Bill to Create Citizenship Pathway for Millions

House Democrats to Introduce Immigration Registry Bill to Create Citizenship Pathway for Millions

Immigrants having the Oath of Citizenship (Pulbic Domain)

WASHINGTON — Capitol Hill sources confirmed to Latino Rebels in excess of the weekend that a invoice to create a citizenship pathway for about 8 million undocumented will be introduced this week in the Dwelling of Associates.

The new monthly bill, named the “Renewing Immigration Provisions of the Immigration Act of 1929,” will be launched at a Wednesday morning push conference by Democratic Reps. Zoe Lofgren (CA), Norma Torres (CA), Grace Meng (NY), Lou Correa (CA), Adriano Espaillat (NY), and Jesús “Chuy” García (IL), in accordance to a news release by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).

“Specifically, the bill establishes a 7 many years of existence eligibility to apply for a environmentally friendly card. It incorporates a rolling part so that future legislation would not be needed to update the INA registry,” claimed a draft advisory for the bill shared exclusively with Latino Rebels about the weekend.

The Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA) is a 1952 regulation which is been up to date many moments because it was very first enacted—most notably, by moving ahead the registry date on which immigrants would be eligible for a green card.

The new bill would update the registry date by changing a certain slice-off date  —currently January 1, 1972— necessitating immigrants to be current for a minimal of seven yrs to qualify.

“The 7-year existence ensures that registry does not turn into obsolete about time,” claimed the advisory.

Modifying the immigration registry was briefly mentioned past yr for the duration of negotiations about the Construct Again Improved Act, a failed reconciliation bill that was a major concentrate for Dwelling and Senate Democrats.

At the past minute, some immigrant rights groups pushed to exchange the registry proposal, which would’ve supplied a long-lasting authorized standing to hundreds of thousands of immigrants, with a watered-down proposal for protections from deportations, this kind of as immigrant parole, that could be rolled again by any sitting president at any time.

Again then, spokesperson Alida Garcia mentioned on MSNBC that the parole proposal was preferable mainly because it conformed with Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough’s sights on immigration coverage. MacDonough finally rejected the FWD proposal outright.

The determination by some grassroots advocates at FWD and Immigration Hub to undermine the citizenship pathway bewildered and outraged numerous immigration advocates on Capitol Hill. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY), for case in point, famously decried the choice to move forward with immigrant parole over registry.

“There are selected advocacy teams, national corporations, that may perhaps have a footprint here in Washington but do not have a presence in immigrant communities,” Ocasio-Cortez explained to Latino Rebels in November. “They have been hampering progress in some of these negotiations simply because true grassroots corporations have been pushing for registry.”

This time, advocates are eager to go forward with the registry proposal.

“We contact upon all users of Congress of good heart to support the ‘Renewing Immigration Provisions of the Immigration Act of 1929.’ This would give speedy reduction to essential personnel, DREAMers, TPS-holders and farmworkers,” explained Maria Mercado, spokeswoman for Motion for Justice in El Barrio, an East Harlem group consisting primarily of immigrant females. “Immigrants have normally been crucial personnel that have sustained the economy of this country. That was designed a great deal more seen to all in the course of the pandemic, when critical staff sacrificed and risked their life on a everyday foundation for civil modern society. If a pathway to citizenship is not accepted now, then what will take place years down the line when civil culture begins to fail to remember these endeavours?”

A spokesperson for CHIRLA speaking on track record needed to make very clear that the new monthly bill is not a new version of the Reagan amnesty in 1986, in which the registry date was adjusted from from June 30, 1948 to January 1, 1972, allowing for the legalization of tens of thousands of immigrants throughout the late eighties.

“As with an update on the registry date, there is none of the immigration reform factors we have fought for prolonged,” claimed the spokesperson. “The registry day we would seek will allow the 1972 date to modify but almost nothing about the messed up immigration process would improve, which would need immigration reform package, which registry is not.”


Pablo Manríquez is the Capitol Hill correspondent for Latino Rebels. Twitter: @PabloReports