President Joe Biden’s U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 will be introduced in Congress before the end of the week to enact Biden’s immigration reform, reports The New York Post.
According to the newspaper, sources familiar with the matter said its introduction is likely to take place on Thursday, although it emphasized that those involved are still in the planning process.
The effort to push the legislation through both houses of Congress is being led by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.).
The immigration reform itself will mirror some of the executive orders Biden signed in his first weeks in office.
Executive orders are legally binding and, as a result, are published in the Federal Register. Executive actions, by contrast, are more often symbolic efforts to bring about change.
Biden signed a record number of both during that time period, some of which included edicts on immigration.
One of his actions called on Congress to grant permanent status to “Dreamers” as part of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which former President Donald Trump challenged in court.
His legislative proposal, as a result, will include an earned path to citizenship for more than half a million Dreamers.
For the ambitious immigration plan to pass, it must have the House of Representatives’ backing, although it will require at least 60 out of 100 votes in the Senate unless it simultaneously votses to do away with the filibuster.