A representative Maria Elvira Salazar (R-Florida) introduced new legislation that would establish a new legal residency program for millions of undocumented immigrants, as well as create a path to citizenship for those who complete the program.
The bill, entitled “The Dignity Act,” would institute several changes to the existing immigration system. These would include, in addition to permanent residency for millions in the United States, increase border security and offer expedited processing for asylum. The bill would also require all U.S. employers to use E-verify, a system that assesses whether an employee is authorized to work at the point of hire.
The 483-page legislation lists out many rules and requirements for undocumented immigrants who would be seeking permanent residency, including setting up two long-term programs. Those who qualify would need to undergo a background check, pay back any owed taxes, ensure payment of all taxes moving forward, and pay a $10,000 penalty over a 10-year period. Participants would also be required to have health insurance but would not be eligible for federal subsidies. Additionally, there would be a 2% income tax levy for the participants. After 10 years, participants would have the option of remaining in the country under a renewable visa or enter a program to achieve citizenship. Under this program, participants would need to pay additional fines that would support workforce training for U.S. citizens. Those in the U.S. under the DACA program would also have multiple pathways to permanent resident status, including military services and earning a college degree.
Source: The National Law Review