And the new bill also takes pains to reject the immigration solutions proposed by former President Trump. It faces an uphill battle in the Senate, where 10 Republican votes would be needed to overcome a filibuster.
Democrats will introduce an immigration bill by the end of this week that includes pathways to citizenship for illegal immigrants now living in the U.S. Biden instead argues the push factors in Latin America are more important. During a CNN town hall Tuesday night, he said that while a pathway to citizenship would be essential in any immigration bill, "there's things I would deal by itself".
Republicans have signaled little support for Biden's approach. Sen.
A pathway to citizenship for all illegal immigrants in the country has always been a top item on liberal wishlists, and Biden promised such a plan if elected.
For Biden, it is "a chance to kind of reset and restart conversations on immigration reform after the last four years", the senior official added.
The crux of the bill is legal status for most of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants now in the U.S.
The bill would immediately provide green cards to farm workers, those with temporary protected status and young people who arrived in the US illegally as children. They would get a five-year provisional status, then could get a green card and get citizenship three years later.
The bill will provide a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented people.
All applicants must pass background checks and have been in the United States as of January 1, a requirement meant to discourage a migration surge to the southwestern border. Where his predecessor often cast immigrants as criminals, Biden's White House calls them "neighbors, colleagues, parishioners, community leaders, friends, and loved ones". Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the son of Cuban immigrants raised in a tenement in Union City, N.J.
Democrats are growing concerned over the White House's plans to overhaul the Trump administration's policies on immigration.
Advocates and dozens of lawmakers are urging Senate Democrats to instead legalize at least 5 million undocumented immigrants this year through the budget reconciliation process, which requires a simple majority to pass.
Menendez said Democrats have failed in the past because they have too quickly given in "to fringe voices who have refused to accept the humanity and contributions of immigrants to our country and dismiss everything, no matter how significant it is in terms of the national security, as amnesty". "There is a moment where every disposable tool in his toolbox will need to be pulled out whether or not Republicans come along".
"It's just too early to speculate about it right now", the aide said.