More than 3 million people would immediately obtain the ‘green card’ that allows legal residence in the United States if the Citizenship Law promoted by the president, Joe Biden, prospers in Congress, mostly immigrants who arrived in the North American country when they were still children.
The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) estimates that almost 3.3 million people would benefit from this reform, including more than 1.3 million ‘dreamers’, as those who came along with their parents are undocumented and have lived practically all their lives in the United States.
Another 1.1 million correspond to workers in the primary sector, to which 342,000 more would be added if spouses and minor children are taken into account. In addition, the study figures at 279,000 potential beneficiaries within the Temporary Protected Status that is granted to certain groups.
The law that is still pending, promoted by several Democrats, outlines a plan so that the eleven million undocumented immigrants living in the United States can have nationality within eight years. Biden has set himself the goal of solving the situation of this group, which lives under the perpetual shadow of expulsion.
The current president has already warned that he would try to reverse the immigration policy of his predecessor, Donald Trump, which has resulted in a battery of decrees that have contemplated stopping the financing of the wall on the border with Mexico or allowing entry to those who were deported while their asylum applications were being resolved.