Comprehensive immigration reform in the United States has been a challenging issue for decades. Recently, the Biden administration signaled a broad immigration reform bill that included a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented people. An official bill was introduced by Democrats in the House and Senate on February 18, but it is difficult to see an easy path for this legislation to advance in Congress as written. While the verdict is still out on whether Congress will enact comprehensive immigration reform this year, smaller, stand-alone bipartisan bills may be better vehicles for improving our broken immigration system. Such bipartisan bills could include the Dream Act of 2021, the Farm Workers Modernization Act of 2019, Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act of 2020, and Citizenship for Essential Workers Act of 2021.
Bipartisan Wins for Immigration Possible for Certain Key Reforms in 2021
Sadikshya Nepal, Bipartisan Policy Center, March 2, 2021
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