Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Massive Immigration Reform Bill Goes to Congress; Law Enforcement Officials Support New Jersey Sanctuary City Law

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Massive Immigration Reform Bill Goes to Congress; Law Enforcement Officials Support New Jersey Sanctuary City Law

President, Democrats Present Immigration Reform Bill

On Thursday, President Biden and Congressional Democrats released a long-awaited, sweeping bill to provide immigration reform in the United States. New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez will introduce the bill to the U.S. Senate.

The bill will affect millions of individuals, both those currently in the United States and those looking to immigrate to the United States in the future. Key features include the following:

  • A two-tier pathway to Permanent Residency
    • Immediately provide legal permanent residency – a “green card” – to undocumented individuals who entered the United States as children, holders of Temporary Protected Status, and farmworkers; they could apply for citizenship three years after obtaining their green card
    • All other undocumented individuals in the United States prior to January 1, 2021, who pass background checks; these