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Biden’s new proposed immigration law can lead thousands to Citizenship

Biden's new proposed immigration law can lead thousands to Citizenship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Now that President Biden is officially in office, one of the first things on his agenda is immigration. The new president has a plan that, if approved by Congress, could grant citizenship to nearly 50,000 immigrants living in southern Colorado.

Hanes and Bartles, a local immigration law office, says the path to citizenship won't be easy, but if this new bill is passed it can definitely give certainty to many immigrants in the area.

The bill, known as The Citizenship Act of 2021, would allow immigrants without legal status living in the U.S. as of Jan. 1, 2021, to temporarily be put in legal status for five years. A green card will be granted if they meet requirements, like passing a background check and paying taxes, and then they'll be able to apply for citizenship three years later.

According to FWD.us, an immigration advocacy group, one in every ten Coloradans is an immigrant, and about half are naturalized U.S. Citizens.

A report by the New American Economy, immigrants pay $347.7 million in taxes in Colorado's District Five, which covers the Colorado Springs area.

"They have been contributing to the economy and to these essential roles not just during the pandemic but always, they are farm workers making sure we have food on our table, delivery drivers, working in hospitals, restaurants, all of these things that keep our community alive - they have been a driving force behind that," said Petula McShiras, an immigration attorney at Hanes and Bartels in Downtown Colorado Springs.

Under President Biden's proposed legislation, more than 14,000 of Colorado's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients could also benefit as they will be allowed to apply for a green card immediately.

"It is really big because this gives them a sense of certainty and permanency that they have been wanting for 15, to 20 years," said McShiras.

The Biden administration also promises to reunite families separated at the border over the last four years.

Local News / National Politics / Politics

Jasmine Arenas

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11 Comments

  1. They should vet the illegals a little deeper to make sure they’re not part of any left extremist groups like Antifaux or BLM.

  2. Then they can buy guns correct?

    They should be able to buy guns.
    Won’t that be grand Liberals?

  3. With millions of American citizens without a job due to mainly leftist Covid policies, biden is inviting millions of South Americans into our country. That doesn’t make sense. Have you ever noticed the media always omits the word “illegal” in front of the word immigrant? I also doubt those illegals will be as thoroughly “vetted” as our National Guard troops had to experience at the capitol.

    1. Not like he won the election legally the first time amirite? We can’t let the Gen Xer’s, Millennials, and Zoomers continue to out vote and change directions from what the the dying generation of fanatical archaic boomers wanted because it was only serving themselves, not the majority.

    2. Or are you upset that so many Republicans are going to lose their right to vote after Trump’s attempted insurrection that coupled with the dwindling numbers of boomers that they will have to either change with the times or vanish like the rest of the dinosaurs.

  4. “A green card will be granted if they meet requirements, like passing a background check and paying taxes, and then they’ll be able to apply for citizenship three years later.”
    Is this not the current standards also? I know many who have taken that path and are now citizens.

  5. “A report by the New American Economy, immigrants pay $347.7 million in taxes in Colorado’s District Five, which covers the Colorado Springs area.”
    Note that it is not illegal immigrant contribute taxes. So people who have done it right and come from Canada, Europe and other countries who did the right thing are……. doing the right thing and paying taxes. Go figure right?

  6. You know who really hates ILLEGAL ALIENS? Those who did it the right way, went through the process, followed the laws, paid the fees and assimilated to US culture.
    My buddies wife is from China and she hates them for breaking the law….go figure.

  7. It was so much different with Trump’s Mail-Order Russian KGB handler because he could simply buy her way through the red tape and the bureaucracy.

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