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A major initiative of President Biden’s immigration policy will be to grant citizenship to about 11 million illegal immigrants through legislation and executive action to immediately stop the construction of the border wall.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Biden’s so-called U.S. Citizenship Act will be an “eight-year road map” for those in the country illegally.
“These people are nothing more than criminals. They come to our nation and the first thing they do is violate the laws of our land,” said nationally-syndicated radio host Todd Starnes. “The illegals are taking much needed jobs, healthcare and education away from American citizens.”
Starnes said his sources estimate the real number of illegals who will be granted amnesty is between 20-30 million.
“President Biden is turning President Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda into an “America Last’ agenda,” Starnes said. “And I blame the Never Trump Republicans as much as I do the Democrats.
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Stephen Miller, the former Trump senior adviser, took to Twitter and said, “Today, [Biden] pledged to be a president for all Americans. It’s unclear how all Americans are served by opening travel from terror hot spots, proposing a giant amnesty, or halting the installation of security barriers along the Southwest border.”
Immigration experts say that we are months away from final legislation reaching Congress and the Biden agenda is ambitious. Biden was set to send the bill to Congress on Wednesday, but it is extensive and there is expected to be a lot of debate. Some questioned the wisdom of focusing so extensively on immigration while the country battles the coronavirus pandemic.
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“This is his opening bid to a long process,” Roberto Suro, a public policy professor at the University of Southern California said. “If enacted—and that is a big if—reality will be much different. The reality will be what it takes to get 10 Republican votes in the Senate and that’s going to cost.”
Republicans have already spoken out against the massive amnesty bill for those in the country illegally.
“A mass amnesty with no safeguards and no strings attached is a nonstarter,” Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told the Associated Press.
Sen. Marco Rubo, R-Fla., also told the AP that he believed there are “many issues” that he believes Republicans can work with Democrats, but “blanket amnesty for people who are here unlawfully isn’t going to be one of them.”
Politico reported that Biden’s approach to border security would focus more on technology than a physical wall. Biden also rejected the Keystone XL pipeline deal
Biden wasted little time in undoing much of President Trump’s actions through 15 executive actions, among them, rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement. He said he aimed to revoke “permits signed over the past 4 years that do not serve the U.S. national interest, including revoking the Presidential permit granted to the Keystone XL pipeline.”