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Illegal immigrants would have an eight-year path to citizenship.

On day one of his presidency, President-elect Joe Biden plans to introduce an amnesty bill that would give at least 11 million people living in the United States illegally a path to U.S. citizenship. The proposal shows Biden’s clear intention to radically depart from President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, which offered “zero tolerance” for illegal immigration.

The Associated Press reported that Biden’s plan will give migrants living illegally in the United States “one of the fastest pathways to citizenship” of any major immigration legislation proposed in recent years, but will not include provisions to tighten border security. Biden will introduce the bill, which is expected to be hundreds of pages long, after he is sworn in as president Wednesday.

On the campaign trail, Biden promised that as president he would “take urgent action to end the Trump Administration’s draconian policies” that he claimed were “grounded in fear and racism.” He vowed to end Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting every immigration offense, which led to migrant parents being separated from their children — a policy the Trump administration reversed after public outcry — and pledged to “aggressively advocate for legislation that creates a clear roadmap to legal status and citizenship” for illegal aliens.

The AP detailed how the Biden bill would make good on these promises:

Under the legislation, those living in the U.S. as of Jan. 1, 2021, without legal status would have a five-year path to temporary legal status, or a green card, if they pass background checks, pay taxes and fulfill other basic requirements. From there, it’s a three-year path to naturalization, if they decide to pursue citizenship.

For some immigrants, the process would be quicker. So-called Dreamers, the young people who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children, as well as agricultural workers and people under temporary protective status could qualify more immediately for green cards if they are working, are in school or meet other requirements.

The last major piece of immigration legislation was considered by Congress under President Obama and included border security provisions in an attempt to win Republican support for amnesty. Unlike the Obama amnesty legislation, the Biden bill will not include any provisions to increase border security, a controversial decision that is all but sure to rally most Republicans to oppose the bill.

The bill also reportedly includes provisions to “address some of the root causes of migration from Central America to the United States, and provides grants for workforce development and English language learning.” Biden’s campaign website calls for a $4 billion foreign aid package for Central America purportedly to give governments in the region resources to fight gang and gender-based violence, improve their legal and educational systems, and tackle corruption.

In a closely divided Congress, Democrats will need Republican support to avoid a filibuster and advance any legislation through the Senate. It remains to be seen if the Democratic Party will engage the “nuclear option” of changing the Senate rules to end the filibuster and prevent the Republican minority from blocking major parts of Biden’s agenda, though several Democrats have indicated opposition to that extreme step.

Author: Chris Pandolfo

Source: The Blaze: Biden to propose amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants with no border security

Isn’t this inflammatory rhetoric?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), in a social media rant Tuesday, night stated that all Republicans support white supremacy, that Southern states are not “red” states, and that the only way the United States can “heal” is if the people in those states are “liberated” from “economic, social, and racial oppression.”

Ocasio-Cortez made these inflammatory claims in an Instagram video in which she suggested Southern states were also “suppressed,” asserting that the Democratic wins in the U.S. Senate runoff races in Georgia show how grassroots organization on the left can overcome alleged voter suppression tactics by Republicans. Republicans, she also said, bore responsibility for the violence in the Capitol on Jan. 6, criticizing members of the Trump administration like former Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao for resigning from their positions without invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.

“You don’t get to allow for an attack that kills five people and then afterwards say, I wasn’t a part of it. Yes you were,” she said. “You were a part of it when you caged kids. You were a part of it when you repealed Title IX. You were a part of it when the president committed the first dozen number of crimes that he committed. You were a part of it when you excused the lawbreaking.

“Those five people’s blood is on your hands, what are you going to do? And they think that resigning is going to clean that blood off their hands, it is always on them. They are forever stained with the deaths of five people, especially when they did not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove this president when they had the power to do so. Cowards,” she continued.

“I don’t want to hear or see the Republican Party talk about blue lives ever again. This was never about safety for them, it was always a slogan because if they actually cared about rule of law they would speak up when people break the law. They would speak up. They would enforce fairness and equity, but they don’t give a damn about the law. They don’t give a damn about order. They don’t give a damn about safety.

“They give a damn about white supremacy, they care about preserving the social order and the mythology of whiteness,” she accused. “They lust for power more than they care about democracy.”

Occasio-Cortez’s claims echo those made by Stacey Abrams and other activists on the left who charge that election security laws supported by Republicans, like voter ID, are intentionally designed to prevent minorities from voting. Abrams to this day claims that she did not lose her race for governor against Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, but that the election was stolen by Republicans who engaged in voter suppression.

AOC cited the recent Senate wins by Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff as proof that Southern states that traditionally vote Republican like Georgia are not red states, but that the vote there is suppressed.

“That’s what we got to do. We got to organize. And I think what we saw in Georgia is a really good example with black women leading the way, with multiracial and multicultural organizations leading the way, um, they proved that southern states are not red states,” she claimed. “They are suppressed states. Which means the only way that our country is going to heal is through the actual liberation of southern states, the actual liberation of the poor, the actual liberation of working people—from economic, social, and racial oppression. That’s the only way. That’s the only way.”

Author: Chris Pandolfo

Source: The Blaze: AOC calls for ‘liberation’ of Southern states, accuses all Republicans of supporting white supremacy

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