Democrats Effort to Help Illegal Immigrants in the United States

By Sierra September 20, 2021 4 min. read
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The Democratic Party has recently been suggesting ways to welcome more undocumented immigrants in the United States. The Biden administration shared their idea to create immigration pathways for illegal immigrants seeking US citizenship along with other categories. Those eligible included participants of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, those who are protected by Temporary Protected Status, farmworkers, and essential workers. Because the Senate is split 50/50, 10 republican votes were needed to pass this bill to overcome a filibuster.

Senate Parliamentarian Rules Against Plans

On Sunday, September 19, 2021, Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough announced that this plan can not be included in the reconciliation bill. During the bill ruling, MacDonough stated that nearly 7 million individuals who are in the US would be given the chance to adjust their status. This means the reconciliation bill would increase by $140 billion over 10 years due to the expansion of the social safety net and benefits programs it would require.

Other Options for Illegal Immigrants in the United States

Family Sponsorship/Marriage-Based Green Card

Those who are immediate relatives to a US citizen are able to apply for family sponsorship eventually adjusting to a Green Card and permanent residency. This very popular immigration category is specifically for spouses, parents, and children under the age of 21 years old. For marriage-based green cards, when marrying an undocumented spouse, your spouse must have entered the US legally prior. Oftentimes, even if an undocumented individual has overstayed their visa, marriage-based green cards may be granted after marrying a US citizen.

DACA

The DACA program was created to protect around 800,000 individuals referred to as DREAMers who have entered the US unwillingly as children. When accepted into the DACA program, the US does not grant them official legal status or a pathway to citizenship, but it does allow them to apply for a driver’s license, social security number, and work permit.

Asylum Seekers

Those in the United States who have suffered persecution in their home country or would be persecuted if they returned to their home country may be granted asylum status. In general, the eligibility for asylum requirements include:

U Visa for Criminal Activity Victims

The U Visa was introduced to encourage undocumented immigrants to report serious crimes instead of living in fear. This is a 4-year visa that is solely for victims of criminal activity and who are willing to help authorities with the investigation if needed. You may be eligible for a U Visa if:

It’s Important To Understand All Your Options!

Although VisaPlace does not offer specific services for illegal immigrants looking to stay and live in the United States, we are here to help you understand your options! VisaPlace has helped many individuals successfully adjust their status in the United States as undocumented immigrants.

Contact VisaPlace today! All our cases are handled by competent and experienced immigration professionals who are affiliated with VisaPlace. These professionals consist of lawyers, licensed paralegals, and consultants who work for VisaPlace Legal, an award-winning immigration firm that adheres to the highest standards of client service.

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