“WASHINGTON — If President Biden gets his way, it will soon be far easier to immigrate to the United States. There will be shorter, simpler forms and applicants will have to jump through fewer security hoops. Foreigners will have better opportunities to join their families and more chances to secure work visas.
A 46-page draft blueprint obtained by The New York Times maps out the Biden administration’s plans to significantly expand the legal immigration system, including methodically reversing the efforts to dismantle it by former President Donald J. Trump, who reduced the flow of foreign workers, families and refugees, erecting procedural barriers tougher to cross than his “big, beautiful wall.”
Because of Mr. Trump’s immigration policies, the average time it takes to approve employer-sponsored green cards has doubled. The backlog for citizenship applications is up 80 percent since 2014, to more than 900,000 cases. Approval for the U-visa program, which grants legal status for immigrants willing to help the police, has gone from five months to roughly five years.In almost every case over the last four years, immigrating to the United States has become harder, more expensive and takes longer. …”
If this were really so popular, why have we heard so little about it?
My guess is that it is because Republicans are fired up about immigration like never before, Independents are swinging hard in a restrictionist direction and Democrats are divided over the issue. It is because it is a low priority with voters that is popular with progressive activists, but which disproportionately extracts a heavy political price because of how Indies vote, right?