A new immigration bill draft has been leaked from the White House which would allow immigrants with no documents to gain residency after 8 years.
According to the Huffington Post, President Obama‘s bill would create a “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa for the undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S.
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The site reports:
USA Today reported that the bill would require that immigrants pass a criminal background check, submit biometric information and pay fees to qualify for the new visa. Immigrants who served more than a year in prison for a criminal conviction or were convicted of three or more crimes and were sentenced to a total of 90 days in jail would not be eligible. Crimes committed in other countries that would bar immigrants from legally entering the country would also be ineligible.
Those immigrants facing deportation would be eligible to apply for the visa, the newspaper reported. Immigrants would be eligible to apply for a green card within eight years, if they learn English and U.S. history and government, and they would later be eligible to become U.S. citizens.
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White House spokesman Clark Stevens said Obama supports the bipartisan effort when making the imigration bill.
He said in a statement:
“While the president has made clear he will move forward if Congress fails to act, progress continues to be made and the administration has not prepared a final bill to submit.”
This bill could bring a huge change to the immigration population in this country. Hopefully we will see a final draft of the bill soon.
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