KMTV has gathered that non-documented Liberians in the United States of America are celebrating the decision by US President-elect Joe R. Biden to propose eight-year citizenship pathway for immigrants.
Since the information was reported, Liberians in such status are rejoicing with some in tears, praising God as they anxiously await the final bill to be submitted and passed into law.
President Biden, according to the New York Times, will introduce over hundred pages of the immigration bill in the early hours of his presidency which will provide a pathway for citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the US without legal status.
Under the legislation, those living in the U.S. as of Jan. 1, 2021, without legal status would have a five-year path to temporary legal status, or a green card, if they pass background checks, pay taxes and fulfil other basic requirements. From there, it’s a three-year path to naturalization, if they decide to pursue citizenship.
For some immigrants, the process would be quicker. So-called Dreamers, the young people who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children, as well as agricultural workers and people under temporary protective status, could qualify more immediately for green cards if they are working, are in school or meet other requirements.
In March 2019 former US President Donald Trump extended the deportation protection for non-documented Liberians in the USA stressing “it is in the foreign policy interest of the United States” to give Liberians another year, or until March 30, 2020, to stay in the United States. He added that the overall situation in West Africa “remains concerning.”
The former US President also noted that the reintegration of DED beneficiaries into Liberian civil and political life will be a complex task, and an unsuccessful transition could strain United States-Liberian relations and undermine Liberia’s post-civil war strides toward democracy and political stability,” according to the NPR report.