On his first day in office, President Biden sent Congress the U.S. Citizenship Act, a comprehensive immigration reform bill that provides an eight-year path to citizenship for millions of undocumented people living in the United States on Jan. 1, 2021. The path to citizenship is faster—just three years—for those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection or Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
To help keep families together, the bill would permit certain immigrants deported during the Trump administration to return if they previously lived in the United States for at least three years. It would also exempt spouses and children of green card holders from employment-based immigration quotas, expand the number of green cards available to employment-based immigrants, and scrap multi-year bars to re-entry for certain undocumented people who lived in the United States and then left.
The bill includes the NEA-supported NO BAN Act that prohibits discrimination based on religion. It would also change the word “alien” to “noncitizen” in U.S. immigration laws—a deliberate step to recognize that America is indeed a nation of immigrants.
Email your senators and representative and ask them to pass the U.S. Citizenship Act.