President Biden promised sweeping changes to U.S. immigration law should he be elected president. In accordance with these campaign promises, Democratic lawmakers have just introduced a sweeping immigration bill backed by the president. The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 reflects some of the priorities outlined by the president in an executive order issued on his first day in office. The bill’s lead sponsors — Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif. — just unveiled the legislation to provide an earned path to citizenship, address the root causes of migration and responsibly manage the southern border, and reform the immigrant visa system, among other things. However, the legislation faces an uphill battle in the closely divided Congress, with some lawmakers already suggesting a piecemeal approach might win more bipartisan support. What do employers need to know about the proposals contained in this legislation?

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