When the Biden administration began back in January, the president noted that one of his priorities is to address the many problems immigrants face while trying to gain citizenship or stay in the United States under protected asylum or a work visa. Children of undocumented immigrants also face obstacles despite assistance from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The plight facing immigrants is considerable, and according to recent reports, those who want to push immigration bills through are now facing difficulties reaching a long-term bipartisan solution.
Presidential changes did not eliminate immigration bill issues
While some politicians thought changes for immigration might come more easily with Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, the Kentucky New Era reports that many bills are stalling because of lack of support in both houses and concerns from many Republicans over an increase of children and large families attempting to cross the border. One Democratic leader noted that both parties feel concerned over the nuances of the bills and how they may affect each piece of legislation.
Border issues a main concern
Among the many issues both party leaders want to address, the surging number of immigrants at Mexico/U.S. borders is one that appears to slow these immigration bills in both houses. Some party members appear concerned about allowing immigrant children into the country because of the sheer number of those seeking entry and the difficulties they might face adjusting to a new country and the president’s plan to allow the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States citizenship under his administration.
Party leaders are uncertain of the direction of these immigration bills at this time. However, some party leaders hope to make headway before the end of 2021.