Jasmine Aguilera, American Express, Carrie Talbot discussed on TIME's Top Stories

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American Express business platinum card. Get the card that's built for business. By American Express the Democrats Bill could change the lives of more than 7 million undocumented immigrants by Jasmine aguilera. As Democrats and closer to finalizing their large social policy bill that includes targeted benefits for middle and working class families, three and four year olds and older Americans, another population is poised to receive a windfall undocumented immigrants. At least $100 billion of the build back better acts budget will go to immigration related issues, including expanding legal representation for immigrants and bolstering the asylum system according to a White House plan. But an even bigger potential boon is buried in the fine print. The bill could provide temporary protections and a work permit, a program known as parole to as many as 7 million undocumented immigrants, and an expedited pathway to green cards through Visa recapture for as many as 2 million more. The bill could also restore families access to the child's tax credit, providing roughly a million undocumented children with support. While these three programs, parole Visa recapture and the restoration of the CTC for undocumented kids remain in current drafts of the bill, their ultimate fate remains unclear, whether they become law depends on the Senate parliamentarian's deliberations. The Democrats only going negotiations and a final vote. The Democrats original proposal included a much more ambitious pathway to citizenship, but if what's left in drafts of the whittled down bill passes, undocumented immigrants will still have reason to celebrate immigrant advocates say. It certainly different from what the president originally proposed says Carrie Talbot, deputy director of the immigration hub an immigrant advocacy organization. But I think it'd be a huge step forward and a major breakthrough to allow 7 million people to work and live in the U.S.. Some 7 million 81,000 undocumented people who have lived in the U.S. since at least January 1st, 2011 would be eligible for the parole program as it's currently outlined in the build back better act according to the center American progress or cap, a progressive policy institute. That's a large slice of the roughly ten and a half million undocumented people who are currently living in the U.S., getting just over 7 million people legal status, the vast majority of whom have never had a legal status. I mean, that is an incredibly big deal, says Philip Olsen, managing director of immigration policy at cap. The parole program still faces an administrative hurdle because Democrats are passing the build back better act through a budget process, known as reconciliation, the Senate parliamentarian must determine whether parole can remain in the final bill, according to Senate rules. While parole is not a pathway to citizenship, advocates note, it's a crucial first step..

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