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U.S. Government Announces Measures to Protect Undocumented Immigrants


On Tuesday, the 18th, President Joe Biden announced a comprehensive reform package that promises to transform the lives of thousands of undocumented immigrants. The new executive order will allow spouses and children of American citizens to apply for permanent residence (Green Card) without the need to leave the country, offering substantial protection against deportation.


The measure simplifies the process of obtaining residence or work authorization for various categories of immigrants. Beneficiaries include spouses of American citizens, stepchildren of American citizens under 21 years of age, and "dreamers," foreigners up to 31 years old who arrived in the US as children and have not been able to regularize their status. Additionally, Biden's reform will facilitate the acquisition of work visas for graduates of American higher education institutions who receive a highly qualified job offer.


It is estimated that around 550,000 immigrants could benefit from the new rules, which are expected to come into effect between August and September this year. Applications will be evaluated individually, and if approved, beneficiaries will have a three-year period to apply for permanent residence, during which they will be authorized to reside and work legally in the United States. After obtaining the Green Card, beneficiaries can apply for American citizenship.


The action also aims to attract important Latino electorates in key states, including Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia, essential for Biden's chances of winning a second term. The measure represents a nod to immigration advocates and progressives, who have criticized Biden for previous restrictive actions, such as measures to limit asylum processing at the southern US border.


To be eligible for the program, a person must have lived in the United States for at least 10 years and be legally married to a US citizen, according to a White House statement. The application process will be open until the end of summer. Legal permanent residence, known as a Green Card, allows immigrants to live and work legally in the United States.

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