President-elect Joe Biden’s legislative proposal on immigration, which will be sent to Congress on Wednesday, includes heavy focus on addressing the root causes of migration from Central America, an enforcement plan that deploys technology to patrol the border, an eight-year pathway to citizenship for immigrants without legal status, and an expansion of refugee admissions, reports The Washington Post. The effort would mark the most substantial attempt at a comprehensive immigration overhaul since the Senate passed legislation in 2013, only to have it collapse in the House, then controlled by Republicans, the following year.
The president-elect’s plan has been met with praise from pro-immigration advocates and Democratic lawmakers who have toiled to overhaul the immigration system for decades. But it also comes at a time when the Republican Party, led by outgoing President Donald Trump, has shifted far rightward on immigration, complicating efforts at a deal that can get enough GOP support. Under Trump, Republican lawmakers favoring a more restrictive immigration system have gained a larger platform and, along with the president, have pushed measures limiting not only illegal but legal migration into the United States.