Biden Administration Looks to Prioritize Immigration Reform

On January 20, President Biden released a legislative proposal to reform the nation’s immigration system. The proposal is separate from presidential actions halting construction of the southern border wall or preserving and fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The legislative reform proposal would create a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented individuals through a multi-year process if individuals pay taxes, pass background checks, and meet other requirements. Other individuals, such as those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, could receive permanent status immediately. Extending long-term legal certainty to DACA and TPS has long been a priority of AGC, as more than 100,000 individuals in those programs are estimated to be working in the construction industry today. Despite AGC and others advocating for comprehensive immigration reform over the past two decades, those efforts have been stymied under both Republican and Democratic administrations. AGC looks forward to working with Congress on immigration reform that strengthens national security, functions efficiently and fairly, and addresses future workforce needs.

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