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Build Back Better Act Approved With Immigration Reform

Plus: Biden's reconciliation bill approved with immigration reform, and Americans dissect Biden’s immigration performance in a poll

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The U.S. House approved the Build Back Better Act on Friday, which includes the most intensive immigration reform package reviewed by Congress in 35 years. If the Senate approves the package as it stands, the immigration measure would allow undocumented immigrants who resided in the U.S. before 2011 up to 10 years of work authorization. The provision also offers a waiver to immigration law, which would use parole to allow people to stay in the U.S. for five years with the option to extend it for another five years. According to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, roughly 6.5 million individuals would benefit from the measure. The Hill

In other federal immigration news…

Lawsuit Demands DHS Halt Immigration Guidelines

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is co-leading a lawsuit with attorneys general from Ohio and Montana to stop U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ immigration guidelines. The guidelines focus removal efforts on noncitizens who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security. In the lawsuit, the three attorneys general claim the guidelines are dangerous and a direct violation of federal law. KTAR

Poll: Americans Dissect Biden’s Immigration Performance

CBS News released a poll Sunday detailing Americans’ views of President Joe Biden. Biden has received criticism from both parties for how he has handled immigration so far. Of survey participants, just 20% of Democrats, 18% of Independents and 2% of Republicans said Biden was “too tough” on immigration. Meanwhile 26% of Democrats, 61% of Independents and 92% of Republicans said Biden was “not tough enough.” More than half of Democrats said Biden has handled immigration “about right,” but few Republicans agreed. Meanwhile, four in 10 liberals and three in 10 Democrats say they believe Biden and Democrats have done the minimum they promised on immigration during the 2020 campaign. CBS News

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