US has more immigrants than any other nation by a substantial margin, with around 50 million residents having been born in another country.
The Bill provides hardworking people who enrich our communities every day and who have lived here for years, in some cases for decades, an opportunity to earn citizenship".
The primary aim of current U.S. administration is to bring millions of undocumented migrants out from the shadows and to regularise their immigration status in the US. Doing so will mean that they are eligible for the same protection and assistance afforded to those with a valid immigration status.
The Bill's announcement stated,
"The bill allows undocumented individuals to apply for temporary legal status, with the ability to apply for green cards after five years if they pass criminal and national security background checks and pay their taxes".
The new policy will be aimed squarely at helping those labelled the 'dreamers' who are protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca), a programme which was introduced by Obama
It is also intended to assist those with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and immigrant farmworkers.
The aim is that by providing migrants with a green card after five years, after a further three years, they can apply to become US citizens.
To do so, applicants will need to pass certain background checks and demonstrate their English language proficiency.
The Bill also intends to remove the word "alien" from the immigration lexicon and replace this with "noncitizen".
Immigration should be celebrated for the many opportunities it brings, including cultural, economic, and protection and security.