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Biden plans to reveal his immigration bill on his first day in office, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. The legislation would also provide Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients and undocumented immigrants in temporary programs the ability to immediately apply for permanent legal residency. It would also develop and improve programs for refugees and asylum seekers and arrange new foreign aid for Central American countries. Biden’s plans have some support across the aisle, but Trump’s immigration hardliner aide Stephen Miller predicted they’ll create conflict in Congress. The New York Times
Hawley Delays Biden’s Homeland Security Confirmation
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced Tuesday that he plans to oppose Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas. This will delay the final selection of Biden’s national security team. Hawley argued that Mayorkas “has not adequately explained how he will enforce federal law and secure the southern border given President-elect Biden’s promise to roll back major enforcement and security measures.” Senate Democrats have been pushing for quick votes for Biden’s national security nominees after the attack at the U.S. Capitol this month. Sean Savett, a spokesman for the Biden transition, said the nation “urgently needs” a Senate-confirmed DHS secretary on Biden’s first day of presidency. Politico
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DHS Nominee Wants to Focus on ‘Domestic Extremism’
In his Tuesday confirmation hearing, Mayorkas said he would have his staff collect information on extremist threats in “an apolitical, nonpartisan way” to follow up on the U.S. Capitol attack. Mayorkas also acknowledged there may be barriers to Biden’s promises to reverse Trump’s immigration policies, saying they “cannot be accomplished with just the flick of a switch on day one, it will take time to build the infrastructure capacity so we can enforce our laws.” And in response to the thousands of migrants traveling in caravans to the U.S. Mayorkas said he plans on examining Trump’s pandemic restrictions currently in place at the southern border. Reuters
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