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Biden Grants Legal Status to Some Long-Term Immigrant Spouses

 June 19, 2024

President Joe Biden announced a new policy Tuesday that offers legal status and a streamlined path to U.S. residency and citizenship for over 500,000 undocumented immigrants married to American citizens, provided they have lived in the country for at least 10 years, sparking criticism from Republican leaders who argue that it undermines existing immigration laws and compromises national security.

The policy targets immigrants who have met the 10-year residency requirement by June 17 of this year, allowing them to file paperwork for legal status and work while living in the U.S. with their families, as the Daily Wire reports, something critics say is nothing but a bribe to ensure future loyalty to Democrats at the polls.

New Policy Announcement Highlights

Biden emphasized the importance of family unity in announcing the policy, stating that it would allow affected individuals to work while remaining with their families.

He stated, “This action will allow them to file paperwork for legal status in the United States, allowing them to work while they remain with their families in the United States.”

Criticism From Republican Leaders

House Speaker Mike Johnson criticized the policy, accusing Biden of hypocrisy and suggesting that the policy is a form of amnesty. “Now he’s trying to play both sides and is granting amnesty to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens,” Johnson said.

He also raised concerns that the policy might incentivize more illegal immigration and endanger national security. “The President may think our homeland security is some kind of game that he can try to use for political points, but Americans know this amnesty plan will only incentivize more illegal immigration and endanger Americans,” Johnson added.

Legal And Political Ramifications

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also lambasted the policy, labeling it as illegal and politically motivated. “President Biden’s mass amnesty program is blatantly illegal and is a desperate pandering for votes in his failing reelection bid,” Abbott claimed.

He compared Biden's policy to former President Obama’s DAPA and DACA proposals, predicting it would meet a similar fate in the courts. “President Biden’s amnesty proposal, just like President Obama's DAPA and DACA proposals, will be stricken down by the courts for a simple reason: it is Congress, not the President, that has the authority to make or change immigration laws,” Abbott argued.

Abbott criticized Biden’s broader immigration policies, alleging that they have already resulted in significant security breaches. “President Biden’s reckless policies have already allowed over 11 million illegal immigrants—including dangerous criminals, gang members, and terrorists—into America. Our country can’t survive four more years of these dangerous open border policies,” Abbott asserted.

Cruz Weighs In

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) echoed similar sentiments, asserting that the policy would not only fail to secure the border but also encourage more illegal immigration. “Don’t believe the lie that Joe Biden cares about securing the border,” Cruz said. He further stated, “On the contrary, he wants our country to be invaded by more illegal aliens, and this amnesty program is the proof.”

Cruz painted a grim picture of the policy’s potential consequences, including increased crime and drug trafficking.

“Make no mistake: Joe Biden views every illegal alien as a future Democrat voter. That is why he is willing to look the other way while Americans are being murdered, our communities are being overrun by crime, and our young people are being poisoned by fentanyl flowing across the border -- he views the American people’s suffering as an acceptable price to pay to gain future Democrat voters,” Cruz argued.

Bipartisan Views on Future Challenges

The new policy marks a significant shift in the administration’s approach to immigration, one that has reignited the longstanding debate over how to handle undocumented immigrants residing in the United States.

While Democrats view the policy as a necessary step for humane immigration reform, Republican leaders are gearing up for a legal and political battle to overturn the executive order.

The legal status offered under the new policy could potentially transform the lives of half a million people. However, the broader political implications remain contentious and could shape the future of U.S. immigration policy for years to come.

Both sides of the political aisle agree that comprehensive immigration reform is necessary, but the pathway to achieving it remains fraught with tension and disagreement.


President Joe Biden's newly announced policy seeks to provide legal status to over 500,000 undocumented immigrants married to U.S. citizens who have lived in the country for at least 10 years.

The announcement has met significant Republican opposition, with leaders like House Speaker Mike Johnson, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and Sen. Ted Cruz vehemently criticizing the move as undermining existing immigration laws and promoting illegal immigration.

The policy is compared to Obama’s DAPA and DACA and is likely to face legal challenges. The heated debate underscores the urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform in the United States.