Throughout his primary and general election campaigns, Democrat Joe Biden has stated on several occasions that he’d work as president toward granting amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Now, having been proclaimed president-elect by the media, Biden has confirmed that he will introduce an immigration bill to Congress in his first 100 days in office that will include “a pathway to citizenship” for migrants residing in America illegally, Breitbart reports.
“A pathway to citizenship”
The affirmation of Biden’s intentions came during an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt, who asked the former vice president about his top priorities for his first few weeks in office.
“Some of it’s going to depend on the kind of cooperation I can or cannot get from the United States Congress,” Biden said of his agenda, according to Breitbart. “But I am going — I made a commitment, in the first 100 days, I will send an immigration bill to the United States Senate with a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people in America.”
According to Breitbart, the actual number of undocumented immigrants living and working in America could be as much as double that figure. But that isn’t stopping Biden, who also spoke with Holt about his plans to undo Trump-era policies, as MarketWatch reported.
“I have a very ambitious, very progressive agenda, and it’s going to take really strong leaders in the House and Senate to get it done,” Biden reportedly said.
The opposite of Trump
According to Fox News, part of Biden’s plan to roll back President Donald Trump’s policies includes naming Alejandro Mayorkas, previously a top official in former President Barack Obama’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as his pick to head the department.
It’s a move that Fox says “could foreshadow Biden’s intent to slash President Trump’s immigration restrictions and ensure that protections under Obama policies such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are reinforced.”
The Biden campaign’s website makes clear that’s exactly what the former VP has planned: “Trump has waged an unrelenting assault on our values and our history as a nation of immigrants. It’s wrong, and it stops when Joe Biden is elected president,” the site reads.
If it wasn’t obvious before, it should be crystal clear now: a Joe Biden administration would, in terms of immigration policies and border controls, be almost the exact opposite of the Trump administration — and that is more than a little concerning.