White House throws support behind Democratic immigration bill ahead of rollout
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is throwing his support behind a sweeping bill to remake the U.S. immigration system ahead of its expected introduction on Thursday by Democrats.
The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, set to be introduced by Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Rep. Linda Sánchez, D-Calif., will include an eight-year pathway to citizenship for people in the country unlawfully who arrived by Jan. 1 of this year. It would lift hurdles for workers to legally immigrate to the U.S., add resources for border screening and replace the word “alien” with “noncitizen” in law.
On a call with reporters Wednesday evening, Biden administration officials previewed the legislation and said it would reflect the proposal he sketched out on the first day of his presidency.
One official, revealing…