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House Passes Immigration Reform Legislation
USAgNet - 03/19/2021

The House has overwhelmingly passed a pair of immigration bills that offer a targeted approach to amending the immigration system but have an uncertain future when it comes to passage in the Senate.

The American Dream and Promise Act, which previously passed in the House in 2019, would create a process for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to earn permanent resident status and eventual citizenship. According to NPR, it also includes a path to citizenship for people with temporary protected status and beneficiaries of deferred enforced departure.

Lawmakers also approved the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which would establish a system for agricultural workers to earn temporary status with an eventual option to become a permanent resident. The measure would also amend the existing H-2A temporary agricultural worker visa program.

The bills are aimed at tackling pieces of a larger immigration proposal put forth by President Biden at the start of his term. But passing that broad approach through both chambers of Congress is a tall order.

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