The Biden administration has called on the Republican-controlled Congress to take action on immigration reform rather than using it as a political tool.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, at her daily news conference on Monday, said that the opposition Republican party is not interested in resolving the issue of immigration and has not come to the table to have a conversation.
Modernizing the immigration system
Jean-Pierre emphasized the need to modernize the immigration system, which has been broken for years.
President Joe Biden had already presented comprehensive immigration legislation on his first day in office, highlighting his understanding of the broken immigration system. The White House is urging Republicans to work on this issue in a bipartisan way.
Republicans’ political stunts
Jean-Pierre alleged that Republicans have used immigration as a political stunt and tool rather than taking concrete steps to resolve the issue. She noted that more immigration judges, asylum officers, and funding for border security are needed, which the President has already addressed in his comprehensive immigration legislation.
However, Republicans are not interested in discussing the protection of Dreamers and farmworkers and have not taken any legislative action.
DACA Initiative and Pathway to Citizenship
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, launched by President Barack Obama in 2012, protects young people, known as “DREAMers,” who were brought to the US illegally by their parents.
According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services, an estimated 580,000 people were still enrolled in DACA at the end of last year. In 2021, the US House of Representatives passed bills providing a pathway to citizenship for immigrants nicknamed “Dreamers,” as well as for a large number of immigrant farmworkers.
In conclusion, the Biden administration is pushing for action on immigration reform, including the modernization of the broken system. However, Republicans have used immigration as a political tool rather than taking concrete steps to resolve the issue.
The White House is urging Republicans to work on this issue in a bipartisan way, and bills have already been passed to provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and immigrant farmworkers.