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Biden to fast-track residency status for half a million illegal border-crossers


Hundreds of thousands of migrants who are living in the US illegally may soon be able to apply for legal residency if they are married to U.S. citizens.

In what The Washington Post called “one of the most expansive immigration programs of his presidency,” President Joe Biden is set to waive penalties for illegal migrants with American spouses in a new initiative Tuesday.

“Marrying an American citizen is typically a fast track to U.S. citizenship, but immigrants who cross the border illegally are subject to significant bureaucratic hurdles that have left them in limbo for years. Federal law requires such immigrants to leave the United States for up to 10 years and then apply to return, but immigrants call the penalty excessive,” the left-wing Washington Post reported.

“Biden will allow undocumented spouses to apply for legal residency without having to leave the United States, a major relief for those who have jobs and are raising young children and worry that there is no guarantee they will be allowed back into the country,” the newspaper added.

The president will reportedly be unveiling his new effort at a celebration at the White House on Tuesday, clearing the way for an estimated 500,000 undocumented spouses to apply for permanent resident status. The measure will also affect about 50,000 of their children, according to a copy of the plan released by the White House and the Department of Homeland Security.

“Officials said the majority of immigrants expected to benefit from the program are Mexican nationals who have lived in the United States for an average of 23 years. Applicants who are approved will have three years to apply for permanent residency, also known as a green card, and will have work permits in the meantime,” WaPo reported.

The president’s planned policy initiative comes amid polling that shows immigration has become a major point of contention for voters who are looking for stronger measures to secure the border which has essentially been a wide open door under Biden.

“The president’s new rules also would ease the visa process for U.S. college graduates, including recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), to stay in the U.S. if they received a degree from a U.S. educational institution and have an offer of employment from a U.S.-based company,” Fox News reported.

“What we are announcing are essentially streamlined processes,” a White House spokesperson told Fox News, explaining that the administration is trying to create “streamlined processes” that would “ensure some predictability” for those eligible.

“President Biden believes that securing the border is essential,” a White House spokesperson said regarding Biden’s pending announcement. “He also believes in expanding lawful pathways and keeping families together, and that immigrants who have been in the United States for decades, paying taxes and contributing to their communities, are part of the social fabric of our country.”

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