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Representative Nadler says that a ‘green card’ is contemplated for undocumented persons with more than 11 years in the United States.

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Representative Jerrold Nadler (New York), chairman of the Senate Committee, involved in the development of an immigration proposal within the framework of the Reconciliation process, stated that in The new plan of $ 1.7 billion dollars is considered to modify the Registry Law, to grant the ‘green card’ to undocumented immigrants with more than 11 years of living in the United States.

Its revelation occurs after the government of the president Joe Biden make known the framework or ‘framework’ on the new economic package, which has generated more doubts than certainties on immigration matters, since it contemplates an investment of $ 100 billion dollars, but the “in what” is not precise.

This is different from the first proposal, where it was mentioned to create a project to grant the ‘green card’ to undocumented immigrants.

Immigration provisions under the Build Back Better framework include advancing the registration date, a measure last promoted by President Ronald Reagan.“Said Nadler. “(That will be) to allow those who have lived and worked in the service of our communities for more than 11 years have the opportunity to apply for Permanent Residence.”

Nadler’s information has caused controversy, as a Senate source – involved in negotiating with MP Elizabeth MacDonough on immigration issues – indicated that the Registry Law plan had not been ruled out entirely, but had been kept as “in reserve”, while MacDonough made a decision on the forgiveness of deportation for undocumented persons and the Employment Authorization for five years with the option of renewal.

“We already knew that it will be in the text of the House of Representatives, but as a ‘placeholder’,” said the Senate Democratic source.

It was added that the ‘placeholder’ is to ensure that a possible immigration reform is maintained in the preparation of the final project, but it is not fully decided.

Senator Nadler, however, said that the House Democrats’ proposal is also to provide funding for visas and reduce the allocation of green cards.

“Additional funding to restore the availability of immigrant visas and reduce the green card backlog will accelerate the ability of family immigrants to contribute to their communities and ensure that US businesses are better positioned,” he said.

A complicated route

This thursday, The Biden Administration released the framework with which congressmen will develop the reforms to integrate the budget bill, which will be discussed and approved under the Reconciliation process.

The document specifies $ 100 billion for immigration matters, but the wording is sketchy.

“The framework includes a $ 100 billion investment to reform our broken immigration system, in accordance with the Senate reconciliation rules,” he says. “As well as to reduce delays (in processes), expand legal representation and make the asylum system and border processing more efficient and humane.”

There is also confusion because the table of investments – where aid to children, families, environmental funds, etc. are listed – the funds for immigration were left separately, as if they could be discarded from the agenda Build Back Better (Reconstruir Mejor).

Senate sources confirmed that this week there could be progress on the so-called plan C, since lThe Congressional Budget Office (CBO) should deliver its analysis on the fiscal impact of protecting undocumented immigrants from deportation and grant them the Employment Authorization for ten years in two periods.

Early celebration?

Civil organizations such as CHIRLA and Families Belong Together celebrate the integration of an immigration plan, but the latter was more cautious.

“After more than 35 years waiting for this country to say ‘YES’ to immigrants, the inclusion of a path to citizenship that begins with green cards,” said Angelica Salas, executive director of CHIRLA.

Instead, Jess Morales Rocketto, co-founder of Families Belong Together, highlighted the investment of $ 100 billion dollars, but did not speak of a path to citizenship, but in improvements on asylum, legal assistance to help improve the immigration system.

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