Biden Gives Legal States To Over 500,000 Undocumented Spouses

( – In a decisive move aimed at immigration reform, President Joe Biden has signed a series of executive actions designed to shield approximately 500,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation. This policy shift, announced by the White House on Tuesday, focuses specifically on protecting spouses of American citizens, marking a significant step towards keeping families together within the United States.

The new policy, set to take effect this summer, targets noncitizens who have lived in the country for a decade or more and are married to U.S. citizens. It allows these individuals and their children to apply for permanent residency without having to leave the United States. During the announcement at the White House, President Biden emphasized the humanitarian aspect of the decision, describing it as a “commonsense fix” to a system that has long been criticized for its complexity and tendency to separate families.

“This is about recognizing the contributions of those who have been here for years, paying taxes, and enriching our communities,” Biden remarked during the ceremony.

The initiative comes at a critical juncture, with the 2024 presidential election looming large. Political analysts suggest that Biden’s move is also a strategic effort to court Latino voters in key battleground states, where immigration policies hold significant sway.

The decision drew immediate reactions from both sides of the political spectrum. Advocates hailed it as a landmark akin to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, initiated during the Obama administration. DACA, which protects undocumented individuals brought to the U.S. as children from deportation, has been a lightning rod in U.S. immigration policy debates.

“This is the biggest thing since DACA,” remarked an immigration advocate familiar with the matter, underscoring the potential impact of Biden’s executive action.

However, Republican leaders, including former President Donald Trump, swiftly condemned the move. At a campaign rally in Wisconsin, Trump criticized Biden’s policy shift, vowing to dismantle it if re-elected.

“It’s another lawless executive action by crooked Joe Biden,” Trump asserted. “This will flood our country with immediate green cards and put millions on the fast track to citizenship so they can vote.”

The contentious nature of the new policy is expected to lead to legal challenges. Republican lawmakers, such as House Speaker Mike Johnson of Louisiana, labeled the initiative as “granting amnesty” and warned it could encourage further illegal immigration, echoing sentiments shared by many within the GOP.

Despite the anticipated legal battles, Democrats like Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois viewed the executive action as a necessary step in the absence of legislative reform. Durbin, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, acknowledged the uphill battle of passing comprehensive immigration legislation in a divided Congress.

“For these individuals, legislative action would provide more durable solutions,” Durbin noted in a statement, hinting at the limited scope of executive actions in addressing long-term immigration challenges.

As the Biden administration prepares for the legal and political fallout from its latest immigration policy, the debate over the role of executive authority versus legislative reform is set to intensify, shaping the contours of the 2024 election and beyond.