Tuesday, October 15, 2019

New Immigration Proposal Will Include Legal Residency Plans

Immigration Visa
The White House is still drafting their proposal for immigration plans, but a feature from the new plan would allow undocumented immigrants to become legal permanent residents within eight years.

Titled the “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa, undocumented immigrants could obtain green cards after the eight years. This plan would also provide for “more funding for security, and would require business owners to check the immigration status of new hires within four years”.

The immigration bill is still being developed, and Congress is working on finding a bipartisan solution to present to President Obama.

“We’ll be prepared in the event that the bipartisan talks going on the Hill, which by the way, we’re very aggressively supporting,” says Denis McDonough, White House Chief of Staff. “If those do not work out then we’ll have an option that we’ll be ready to put out there.”

The application form for the “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa would be provided in several languages, but submitted documents to the federal government would have to be in English. If the application is accepted, they would then be given a new identification card as proof of their legal status.

Additionally, immigrants interested in applying for legal permanent residency would have to learn English within the eight years, learn “the history and government of the United States,” and pay back taxes.

“The president has made clear the principles upon which he believes any common-sense immigration reform effort should be based,” says Clark Stevens, White House Spokesman. “We continue to work in support of a bipartisan effort, and while the president has made clear he will move forward if Congress fails to act, progress continues to be made and the administration has not prepared a final bill to submit.”

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