If successful, the legislation would be the biggest step forward in granting illegal status to people in the country since President Ronald Reagan granted amnesty to nearly 3 million people in 1986. Legislative efforts to revise immigration policy failed in 2007 and 2013.
Ron Klain, Biden’s new chief of staff, said on Saturday that Biden would send Congress an immigration bill “on his first day in office.” He did not elaborate and Biden’s office declined to comment on details.
Defenders have been briefed in recent days on the outline of the bill by Esther Olivarria, deputy director of immigration at the White House’s Home Policy Council.
Domingo Garcia, former president of the League of Latin American Citizens, said Biden told lawyers on Thursday that Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate could delay consideration of the bill and that they should not rely on its adoption within 100 days.
“I was pleasantly surprised that they were going to act quickly…
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