Biden plans to expand legal immigration

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks
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The White House has drawn up a blueprint to make it easier for people to enter the United States. President Joe Biden will push for shorter, simpler forms and fewer security hurdles for those applying for U.S. visas.

The New York Times obtained a 46-page draft of changes that could take place over the next few years.

What’s in the plan? The document outlines policy proposals to slash application fees or even provide waivers.

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The administration wants to “encourage full participation by immigrants in our civic life” and to reverse President Donald Trump’s efforts to enact a more selective merit-based immigration system.

Many of the changes would not require new legislation.

The news of the plans became public shortly before the Department of Homeland Security issued a memo ending the Trump administration’s “remain in Mexico” asylum policy. 

This story originally appeared in WORLD. © 2021, reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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