Taking Steps to Clear the Path to Citizenship for Children of Legal Immigrants: United States

By Lalit K Jha (Eds: Update with more details)

Washington, August 5 (PTI) The Biden administration is taking steps to provide a legal route to citizenship for children of legal immigrants, the White House said after a group of these young people, mostly Indians, expressed its fear of being deported at the age of 21. .

These children, known as Documented Dreamers, live in the United States as dependents of long-term non-immigrant visa holders, including H-1B workers.

The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows U.S. businesses to employ foreign workers in skilled trades that require theoretical or technical expertise.

Tech companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees every year in countries like India and China.

According to Improve the Dream, a group representing these children, there are more than 200,000, including a significant number of Indians.

Under US law, children cease to be dependent on their parents after the age of 21. As a result, thousands of Indian children are at risk of being overwhelmed.

A considerable number of these parents have waited decades for a green card.

A green card, officially known as a permanent resident card, is a document issued to immigrants to the United States as proof that the holder has been granted the privilege of permanently residing in the United States.

Responding to questions about fear of deportation among some of the children in the United States, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: As you innocently mentioned with their family members .

A White House spokesman said President Joe Biden has made it clear that the U.S. immigration system needs to be reformed.

“This includes improvements to the visa process. In the immigration bill he sent to Congress, it is pretty clear. caps, “the spokesperson told PTI.

“The bill provides dependents of H-1B visa holders with a work permit and children cannot age outside the system,” the spokesperson said.

In June, Congresswoman Deborah Ross and colleagues in the House led by Ami Bera in a letter to Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Mayorkas recommended strengthening protections for children and young adults, who have grew up in the United States as dependents of long-term work visa holders. .

The letter recommends updating the Deferred Action Criteria for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to include “documented dreamers” and adjusting the way the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS ) determine the age of an individual.

“Approximately 200,000 children of non-immigrant visa holders, who know America as their only home, are at risk of self-deportation to a country other than their country of origin and of being separated from their homes. their families due to a decades-long backlog in the immigrant visa system, “Bera said in a statement in June.

“As a nation of immigrants, it’s not who we are to turn our backs on those who call America home,” he said.

For several months now, a group of Indo-American children has been running from pillar to post in the American capital to make their voices heard.

They also received a positive response from the Biden administration and the US Congress. However, they have not yet received a solution to the problems faced by the children of legal immigrants. PTI LKJ RDK NSA AKJ NSA NSA

Warning :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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