Senate Democrats Introduce Immigration Registry Bill to Provide Pathway to Citizenship for Millions

Senate Democrats Introduce Immigration Registry Bill to Provide Pathway to Citizenship for Millions

Sen. Alex Padilla, D-CA, an unique cosponsor of a new immigration registry monthly bill that would give a pathway to citizenship to citizenship for thousands and thousands of immigrants. (Shawn Thew/Pool through AP)

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats released a invoice on Wednesday that would give a easy, durable pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who have waited many years for relief, together with millions of documented immigrants languishing in backlogs.

“Our outdated immigration method is hurting countless people today and keeping back again America’s financial state,” explained Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA), a cosponsor of the bill together with fellow Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin (IL), Elizabeth Warren (MA), and Ben Ray Luján (NM).

The companion invoice to the “Renewing Immigration Provisions of the Immigration Act of 1929” was launched in the Dwelling by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) again in July, in which it now has 60 cosponsors—all Democrats.

The immigration registry bill is just two web pages very long, but its social and economic impact would be immense.

Eight million undocumented immigrants would be qualified for green cards. The monthly bill would also help lawful immigrants by clearing substantially of the environmentally friendly card backlog and defending many documented dreamers, generally from India.

Registry was a person of the a few selections set to the Senate Parliamentarian in the course of last year’s negotiations close to the Construct Again Much better Act, which in the long run did not go. Reps. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL), and Lou Correa (D-CA) led the charge for registry in the Dwelling as Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) did in Senate.

The new Senate monthly bill would build a rolling registry for immigrants who have been in the U.S. for at least seven decades to arrive ahead and sign-up for a environmentally friendly card.

Registry produces no new courses but as an alternative delivers immigrants the option to reach long-lasting lawful standing in the U.S. without having the complexity and inconvenience of prior reduction endeavours that have eventually unsuccessful in Congress in excess of the past couple of many years.

“The times of continuing to give Republicans a pound of flesh are around,” claimed Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA), a single of the bill’s cosponsors. “It’s a policy that has unsuccessful.”

“Take a page from the Reagan administration,” Torres added, referring to the last major immigrant reduction invoice to move Congress, the Immigration Reform and Handle Act, which was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and gave a legal pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants during the late eighties.

“This is an possibility that we’re giving Congress to legalize our local community,” reported Angelica Salas, govt director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Legal rights of Los Angeles. “It sets a framework so that we never are in a situation yet again, exactly where we have this ballooning undocumented population.”


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