D-day for Joe Biden's immigration reform plan being unveiled

But the bill, which lawmakers will officially introduce on Capitol Hill on Thursday, backtracks on new border security and worksite enforcement compromises that have always been seen as key parts of any serious attempt to overhaul the immigration system.

"This was a day-one commitment of the president, and it is his vision of what it takes to fix the system", a senior administration official told reporters.

The bill will also replace the term "alien", used to refer to foreigners in immigration legislation, with "non-citizen" "to better reflect the president's values on immigration", the official said.

The legislation faces significant hurdles in a divided Senate still reeling from the impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump, who often tapped into anti-immigration rhetoric to fire up his campaign rallies.

Mr. Trump's calls to limit the chain of family migration are also rejected, and instead the Biden proposal increases chances for family migration. "We're open to a conversation with anyone about this, but we think this is a much more comprehensive way to deal with this issue than just simply a wall".

The official did suggest they expect enforcement measures to be added by Republicans in Congress later, though she would not speculate on what types of additions would be acceptable to the new president.

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Further, 54 per cent of Republicans said they would like to support Trump in a hypothetical 2024 presidential primary election. A McConnell spokesperson did not immediately return requests for comment.

Sen. Robert Menendez will be introducing the bill in the Senate, and Rep. Linda T. Sanchez will introduce it in the House.

At his town hall meeting with CNN on Tuesday, Biden made a gaffe when he said most of those on his fast-track to citizenship are not Hispanic.

Menendez was part of the bipartisan Gang of Eight senators who negotiated a 2013 immigration reform bill that ultimately collapsed.

Farmworkers, immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, and people with temporary protected status - granted to those whose homelands are deemed too risky to return to - would have the fastest route to naturalization. That group would include essential workers, immigrants who arrived as children and people with temporary protected status.

President Biden has already rescinded several Trump-administration immigration policies, including canceling the "Remain in Mexico" program and ending agreements to deport asylum seekers to Central American nations.

And, although their party controls Congress, with a 50-50 tie in the Senate it will be a tough slog for Biden's plan, which will provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. For others living in the U.S.as of January 1, 2021, the plan establishes a five-year path to temporary legal status. They would receive a permanent residency card, commonly referred to as a "green card", after five years if they pass certain requirements including background checks, and could then apply for citizenship after three years.

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