Biden admin likely to supply US citizenship to over 500,000 Indians


US President-elect Joe Biden will work towards providing a roadmap to American citizenship for almost 11 million undocumented immigrants, including over 500,000 from India, and also will establish a minimum admission number of 95,000 refugees every year.

As a in large part immigrant community, but in some cases with American roots reaching back generations, Indian-Americans realize firsthand the strength and resilience that immigrants bring to the USA of The usa, according to a policy document issued by the Biden crusade.

“He (Biden) will immediately begin working with Congress to pass legislative immigration reform that modernises our system, with a precedence on keeping families together by providing a roadmap to citizenship for almost 11 million undocumented immigrants — including more than 500,000 from India,” it said.

The Biden administration will beef up family-based immigration and maintain circle of relatives unification as a core precept of the United States’ immigration system, which includes reducing the circle of relatives visa backlog, it said.

“And, he’s going to increase the number of refugees we welcome into this country by setting the once a year global refugee admissions target to 125,000 and seek to bring it over the years commensurate with our responsibility, our values, and the unprecedented global need. He’s going to also work with Congress to set up a minimum admissions number of 95,000 refugees every year,” the policy document said.

Biden will remove the uncertainty for Dreamers by reinstating the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) programme and explore all valid options to offer protection to their families from inhumane separation. And, he’s going to end workplace raids and offer protection to other touchy locations from immigration enforcement actions, it said.

Launched by the Obama administration, the DACA is an immigration policy that allows some individuals with illegal presence in the United States after being brought to the country as children to get a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and turn out to be eligible for a work permit in the United States. DACA recipients are ceaselessly known as Dreamers. To be eligible for the programme, recipients cannot have felonies or serious misdemeanours on their records.

President-elect Joe Biden is greeted on stage by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris before he speaks in Wilmington, Del., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Trump administration moved to end the DACA programme in 2017 and used to be in the end blocked by the Supreme Court from doing so this year. Even so, his administration scaled back the programme and pledged to end it, leaving thousands of the programme’s beneficiaries in limbo.

Biden will also restore and defend the naturalisation process for green card holders, the policy document said.

Employment-based visas, sometimes called green cards, allow migrants to gain lawful permanent residence in the United States to be able to engage in skilled work.

“He (Biden) will increase the number of visas offered for permanent, work-based immigration based on macroeconomic conditions and exempt from any cap recent graduates of PhD programmes in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields,” it said.

“He’s going to beef up first reforming the transitory visa system for high-skill, specialty jobs to offer protection to wages and workers, then expanding the number of visas offered and getting rid of the limits on employment-based green cards by country, which have kept such a lot of Indian families in waiting for too long,” the document stated.

The Biden administration, it said, will also repeal President Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban”.

President Trump had imposed a controversial commute ban, ceaselessly referred to by critics as a “Muslim ban”, on several Muslim majority countries, including Iran and Syria, through a series of executive orders.

Biden will rescind Trump’s Muslim ban on day one and reverse the detrimental asylum policies that are causing chaos and a humanitarian crisis at our border, the policy document said.

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