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2/19/2021 Issue
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               On Thursday, February 18, 2021, President Biden sent to the Congress his Bill proposing a new Immigration Law.
           This is a long document (353 pages), and it proposes a great number of changes to the current Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
           It should be remembered that this is only a proposal. It is unknown when it might become an actual law, and what shape or content it might have at that time.
           The most important part of the Bill is a proposal to legalize the status of millions of illegal aliens in the U.S. UPS – mistake. There will not be any “ALIENS” anymore. The Bill changes the designation of “ALIENS” to “NONCITIZEN”.
           So, the Bill (if it becomes Law) will legalize the status of millions of noncitizen in the U.S. – they will get Green Cards and they will be able to apply for U.S. citizenship. Some after three (3) years, and some after eight (8) years. This will include DACA beneficiaries (DREAM ACT), TPS beneficiaries, agricultural workers and many others.
           The legalization will cover all noncitizens who are in the U.S. in illegal status on January 1, 2021 – yes: 2021. (Previous Amnesty covered only those who had been in the U.S. for at least five (5) years. The legalization program will even bring back some noncitizens who have been removed (deported) in the recent three years.
           The new Bill is full of good news for noncitizens and for legal immigrants of all categories. Almost every line provides some improvement, liberalization, less restrictions and so on. But what are the chances for this Bill to move from a Proposal to actual Law?
           Think of pizza. When you go to buy a pizza – how many toppings do you choose? One? Two? Three? Would you ever say “I want 17 toppings – all the toppings in the store”? Not many buyers for such a pizza. This Bill has all the “toppings”
anybody could think of. We do not believe that there will be enough “buyers” in the U.S. Congress (especially the Senate) to make it into an actual Law.
        Luckily, there are indications that President Biden is willing to accept and sign laws which would cover only parts of his Bill. This improves the chances that something good will come out of all this.    

           We don’t know what the future will bring. We don’t know when this future will arrive. We have seen in the past other Bills to reform immigration law (under President Bush and President Obama) that never became law.
           Therefore, if you are eligible to do something for yourself under the current law as it is now – do it now. Do not wait for miracles.
           Vaccinations against the Covid-19 virus are given free of charge to anybody who is eligible to get them (by age or occupation).
           Even though the vaccinations are free, at the cost of the government, they are not, and will not, be considered part of the benefits forbidden under the PUBLIC CHARGE regulations.
           If you are eligible – get vaccinated, even if you are an illegal alien or a noncitizen.
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