Coming off the most recent midterm elections in which nearly every candidate announced intentions for immigration reform, having a solid understanding of potential proposals and changes that could occur is essential. By having this knowledge, immigrants can better understand how their situation could be affected in the coming years.
Plans from USCIS
Earlier this year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released its strategic plan for FYs 2023-2026. In it, they mentioned three key goals: strengthen the U.S. immigration system, invest in the workforce, and promote effective and efficient management and stewardship. In expanding on these goals, they highlighted the importance of ensuring that any immigration policies and regulations are implemented in a manner to support a stronger system, as well as promote integration, inclusion, and citizenship.
You can read the full strategic plan here.
The DREAM Act: Moving Forward in 2023?
In 2021, it was announced that Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham would reintroduce the DREAM Act in the new Congress. The DREAM Act is a bipartisan bill that provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, often referred to as Dreamers.
The reintroduction of this act signaled a light at the end of a 20-year tunnel; however, this was not passed as the 117th Congress came to a close a few months ago. Even so, President Biden announced in late 2022 his intentions to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), although many political commentators suggest there is still more to be done to ensure the program's protection. It's speculated that this could be a continued conversation over the next several years.
Border Security Reform Measures
In addition to the DREAM Act, several other immigration reform measures are likely to be proposed in the upcoming Congress. One of the key ones is a proposal to increase border security by providing additional funding for Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, as well as technology such as drones and surveillance cameras.
These increased security measures aim to reduce illegal immigration by making it more difficult to cross the border undetected. While this proposal is likely to receive bipartisan support, it could also face resistance from some Democrats who are concerned about potential civil rights violations that could occur due to increased surveillance.
Immigration Questions? Contact Maney | Gordon | Zeller, P.A.
No matter what legislation gets passed in the coming year, it is important to remember that the U.S. immigration system can be complicated, and it is often difficult to stay on top of any changes or updates. That's why Maney | Gordon | Zeller, P.A. is here to help!
Our experienced attorneys can provide you with advice and legal assistance related to various immigration issues. Call (800) 708-4399 today to discuss your legal options.