Congressional Democrats unveiled a sweeping immigration bill Thursday that includes setting up a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
The measure is backed by President Biden and closely aligns with the plan he proposed on his first day in office. His administration and congressional Democrats are under pressure from immigration advocates to act quickly to move the bill, but it’s unclear how quickly they will pursue passage.
“We have 11 million undocumented people living, working and raising families in our communities without legal status,” Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said during a news conference Thursday morning. “These are good and decent people who believe in the promise of America down to their bones.”