It is getting a little tiresome using words like, “an abomination,” “radical,” and “tyrannical” when describing pieces of new legislation being introduced in Congress since President Biden took office.
However, it would be remiss not to use the words “most radical” – as the “Heritage Foundation” does – in describing the provisions within “The U.S. Citizenship Act (USCA) of 2021”:
“The U. S. Citizenship Act of 2021 is the most radical piece of immigration legislation ever introduced in America and seeks to reward illegal aliens at the expense of American citizens. It is a bold attempt to trade American national security, sovereignty, and well-being for perceived political benefit.... The USCA would erase the distinction between legal and illegal immigration, includes no border security, …and cheapens American citizenship.”
A text of the actual legislation could not be found on www.Congress.gov. It is believed to be bill #HR1177, introduced on February 18, 2021.
Nonetheless, the Heritage Foundation lists some of the features of the USCA, including, but not limited to:
- Amending the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 to change the word “alien” to “noncitizen.”
- Shortening the period from green card to citizenship, and thus the legal right to vote, to three years.
- Giving those illegal immigrants living in the US before January 1, 2021 “lawful prospective immigrant (LPI” status, work authorization, and a social security number for 6 years with unlimited additional 6-year term extensions.
- Allowing LPIs to apply for a green card after 5 years and citizenship 3 years later.
- Providing green cards to anyone who entered the U.S. illegally before turning 18 years old.
- Ensuring that illegal immigrants deported during the Trump administration who had previously lived in the U.S. for 3 years could return at taxpayer expense.
- Providing for Government-funded legal counsel to assist “vulnerable populations” of removable illegal immigrants.
- Allowing the increase in the number of family-based or chain immigration.
- Establishing refugee processing centers in foreign countries, i.e., El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, for purposes in relocating individuals to the U.S.
The Heritage Foundation believes the purpose of the bill is to flood the U.S. with new voters before the 2024 election.
I will continue to look for the actual text of the bill, and I hope this is of value!