Biden considering expanding GREEN CARDS program for illegal migrants who have been in the U.S. for 10 years and who have relatives that will ‘suffer’ if they are removed

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • President is considering program to allow undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. for at least 10 years to apply for a green card 
  • Applicants would qualify if a citizen relative would ‘suffer’ due to their removal
  • September 2023 document outlines requirements for an illegal migrant to apply for a judge to ‘cancel your removal’ from the U.S.

President Joe Biden is now considering expanding a program that could allow 4,000 undocumented immigrants every year to avoid deportation and obtain a green card to remain in the United States. 

Those who have lived in the U.S. for more than 10 years and have a legal citizen relative that would ‘suffer’ as a result of their removal could qualify for access to this program, which the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) says allows non-legal permanent residents to apply for a judge to ‘cancel your removal’ and stay in the U.S.

It comes amid continued crackdowns by Republicans in Congress on the Biden administration’s actions at the southern border.

The House voted last month to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for dereliction of duty and lying to the American people. And recent reports revealing that 320,000 migrants were flown by the Biden administration into U.S. cities in 2023 have only added to criticism of Biden’s immigration policies.

President Biden is considering a program to allow undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. for at least 10 years to apply for a green card if a citizen relative would ‘suffer’ due to their removal. Pictured: Migrants attempt to pull down razor wire at the border in El Paso, Texas on March 22

A September 2023 document outlines the requirements for an illegal immigrant to apply for a judge to 'cancel your removal' from the U.S.

A September 2023 document outlines the requirements for an illegal immigrant to apply for a judge to ‘cancel your removal’ from the U.S. 

The application qualifications, according to the EOIR September 2023 document, include the claim that a U.S. citizen who is a spouse, parent or child would ‘suffer exceptional and extremely unusual hardship if you were ordered to leave the United States.’

The document notes: ‘4,000 people are granted cancellation of removal per year. You will have to wait your turn before an immigration judge can approve your application. This may take years.’

Similar to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, the Biden administration is examining widespread action for other groups of undocumented immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years, three people familiar with planning told Politico.

DACA gave green cards to those who were born in foreign nations and brought illegally into the U.S. as children, and don’t know another country as their home.

To be considered for the Biden administration green card program, applicants must be a ‘person of ‘good moral character’ and have been in the U.S. for at least 10 years.

Biden's green card application is similar to the Obama-era DACA program, which allowed illegal migrants brought to the U.S. as children to obtain a green card rather than be deported to the country where they were born

Biden’s green card application is similar to the Obama-era DACA program, which allowed illegal migrants brought to the U.S. as children to obtain a green card rather than be deported to the country where they were born

Additionally, the EOIR document notes undocumented migrants applying to avoid removal must ‘have not been convicted of any serious crimes,’ which would be grounds for automatic disqualification.

There has been increased focus on crime committed by illegal immigrants recently as Republicans point to this being another reason why there needs to be more policies put in place to stop the flow over the southern border.

Georgia nursing student Laken Riley, 22, was abducted last month while on a run and brutally murdered on the University of Georgia campus by undocumented Venezuelan immigrant José Antonio Ibarra, 26, who was released into the U.S. after illegally crossing in September 2022.

The next month, another undocumented immigrant was arrested in Massachusetts for the rape of a 15-year-old disabled girl.

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