Biden Announces Pathway to Citizenship for Undocumented Spouses of US Citizens



President Joe Biden has introduced a new policy designed to offer a path to residency for up to half a million undocumented immigrants who are married to U.S. citizens. Announced on the 12th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, this initiative marks a significant shift in immigration policy, aiming to allow these spouses to apply for permanent residency without the need to leave the United States. This move, while welcomed by many, faces criticism for its potential implications on immigration control and the execution of the U.S.-Mexico border policies.

  • President Joe Biden announced a policy offering a residency pathway to up to 500,000 undocumented immigrants married to U.S. citizens.
  • The announcement was made on the 12th anniversary of the DACA program, which provided a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers.
  • Under the new policy, certain spouses of U.S. citizens can apply for permanent residency without having to leave the country.
  • Previously, undocumented spouses had to return to their home country to apply for legal status, separating them from their families in the U.S.
  • This policy aims to reduce fear of deportation among undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. and allows them to work legally.
  • The policy has faced criticism from Republicans, who argue it contradicts efforts to secure the border.
  • The announcement follows an executive order by President Biden aimed at tightening the U.S.-Mexico border, which had drawn criticism from both pro-immigration activists and some Democrats.
  • The implementation of this new policy remains a significant question for its potential impact on immigration control and border security.

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