Here's my section by section summary of the US Citizenship Act (the "Biden Immigration Bill"). -… 1
Here's the Dropbox link to the PDF. It's 32 pages, about half the size of the Hill staff written summary and I've tried to make it a little less technical. - 2
Before I get in to some of the highlights, I'm going to do a couple of live streams to talk about different parts of the bill. Tomorrow I'll talk about high skilled worker provisions. At noon central time tomorrow, I'll be on my Facebook page - 3
There are 5 major sections of the bill. The first is about new paths to citizenship and this is where a lot of the big headliners are - DREAM Act, legalization, TPS path, etc. 4

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20 Feb
Title II addresses issues the southern border. While there is not an enforcement section in the bill (like past comprehensive bills), there are enforcement provisions in this section. The title has a lot of programs designed to address the root causes of the problem. 5
Title III focuses on reforming legal immigration - family, employment and DV. Lots of really interesting reforms here which I'll get into. 6
Title IV deals with asylum, immigration courts, detention, and U visas. 7
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20 Jan
Some people deported under Trump may be able to get back and apply for the legalization benefit. 17
This one makes me smile. The word "alien" is being deleted from the law. If the bill passes, the term "noncitizen" will be used. 18
The horrible 3 and 10 year reentry bars from the 1996 Immigration Act will finally be scrapped. So many lives ruined over that provision. 19
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19 Jan
Aker/Gomez hearing on DV-2020 plaintiffs about to start. I'll tweet anything interesting I hear. 1
Judge Mehta has started the hearing. @ckuck is speaking and explaining to the judge that people who were issued the DV visas are seeing them expire and the government won't renew. 2
We're asking the judge to order @travelgov to give a report on how many visas issued, reissued & expiration dates. We also want a plan on how visas will be reissued. Finally, we want to know how govt will issue to dependents. 3
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19 Jan
I’m learning some more about the Biden immigration legislation that will be introduced tomorrow. There will be sections on legalization, the border, refugees & legal immigration. There are about a half dozen bills passed in the House in the last Congress that will be in there. 1
There will be a broad legalization program for millions of immigrants who have been in the US for many years and it will resemble the 2013 comprehensive bill except that it will have a 6 year path to citizenship versus the longer one in that prior bill. 2
A lot of people with prior deportation orders and inadmissibility will have an opportunity to apply. 3
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8 Jan
I've gone through the 185 page new H-1B rule changing the H-1B lottery to one that's wage based (though still a lottery of sorts). 1
The rule is final but doesn’t go into effect for 60 days. That means it will not impact the next H-1B lottery since the entry period will start before that date. 2
The new rule allows for ranking and selection based on OES wage levels (you can see the data at 3
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6 Jan
One small thing I would like to see done very soon. Take the immigration sections of the Heroes Act (Covid relief) passed in May and separately pass that bill since McConnell stripped out that part. Here's my summary -…
And add the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act. There is plenty more to do but those bills are specifically Covid-related and need immediate passage.
The HWRA is jointly sponsored by Senators Perdue and Durbin. It has 40ish co-sponsors almost equally divided between Ds and Rs. It provides green cards for 40K doctors and nurses and it won't be filibustered.
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