Biden Opens Citizenship Pathway for Spouses and Children of Citizens

( – Joe Biden is expected to announce a new pathway to citizenship for undocumented spouses and children of United States citizens. This could solve an issue that has been affecting more than half a million “mixed status” families across the country.

Joe Biden and his administration have tried to balance the immigration issue, which is currently at its peak, amid the upcoming elections; there has been concern over the rising population and the amount of migrants that are entering the country illegally.

Senior administration officials have said that the decision would reflect the president’s plan to “keep families together,” which is ultimately the opposite of his competitor, Donald Trump, who has planned a stricter pathway for migrants. Biden is expected to tell more about his plan at a White House event on the anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This historical program helps to protect over five hundred thousand undocumented migrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

A senior administration official said, “These eligible non-citizens who have lived here for ten years or more have deep family and community ties in the United States. Many of these families include US citizen children, yet they live in fear and face deep uncertainty about their future.”

The Department of Homeland Security has said that five hundred thousand undocumented spouses and fifty thousand children of U.S. citizens could benefit from this. The administration says that those who will benefit from it have been here for over twenty years.

Undocumented immigrants who have resided in the United States for ten or more years and are legally married to a United States citizen will be eligible to pursue citizenship in this country. Prior to this new pathway, immigrants who were married to U.S. citizens were eligible for documentation but they had to go back to their home country to apply for citizenship since this process can take years.

Ashley DeAzevedo, the president of American Families United, said, “The system doesn’t work like it does in the movies. You don’t marry an American and automatically get a green card. There are laws in place that make it impossible for so many.”

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