What Should I Know About the Proposed Bipartisan Immigration Bill?

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Recently, congresswomen Rep. María Salazar and Rep. Veronica Escobar proposed a bipartisan immigration bill called The Dignity Act. Continue reading to learn more about what The Dignity Act entails and how an experienced family immigration lawyer in Milwaukee, WI, at Sesini Law Group, S.C., can help you understand what this means for you.

What is there to know about the proposed bipartisan immigration bill?

Put simply, The Dignity Act may establish a 12-year, two-part path for individuals seeking legal status in the United States. But first, this proposed bipartisan immigration bill calls for the United States-Mexico border to be declared as secure before any individual on the path may obtain legal status. The main goal of this proposed bill is to allow border patrol agents to be given “dignity,” as they are said to be “overworked” and “underpaid.”

What are the provisions included in the bill?

Mentioned above are the goals that congresswomen Rep. María Salazar and Rep. Veronica Escobar have for the proposed bipartisan immigration bill. But the specific provisions that they have proposed read as follows:

  • It may push the General Accounting Office to certify that border patrol has detected and taken in 90 percent of individuals crossing the United States-Mexico border illegally for the past year before they grant them legal status.
  • It may push the Dignity Program, in which individuals who have been in the United States without legal status for the past five years may work and be protected from deportation for seven years (so long as they do not have a criminal record).
  •  It may push individuals in the Dignity Program to get a 1.5 percent dignity levy on their paycheck, on top of taxes and a $5,000 fee.
  • It may push individuals who finish the Dignity Program to obtain a Dignity Status, in which they may have an additional five years to work and stay in the United States or otherwise have their status renewed indefinitely.
  • It may push individuals who finish the Dignity Program to enter a Redemption Program, in which they may spend five years learning English or United States civics, performing community service, or paying an additional $5,000 fee so to gain legal permanent residency status.
  • It may push for an immediate protected status and a straightforward path toward legal status for Dreamers.
  • It may push for protection from deportation for individuals who have experienced natural disasters or otherwise conflict in their native countries.
  • It may push the asylum process to be expedited to 60 days.

Undoubtedly, the aftermath of such proposed provisions may affect your immigration status or otherwise. A skilled family immigration lawyer in Milwaukee, WI, at Sesini Law Group, S.C., is here whenever you are ready to initiate your immigration application. Simply contact our firm at your earliest possible convenience.

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