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How Joe Biden’s immigration plan works, and what it would mean for California
Affiliates Kevin Johnson and Caitlin Patler featured in the Sacramento Bee

The Sacramento Bee
January 21, 2021

President Joe Biden on his first day in office sent Congress an extensive immigration proposal that could have big implications for California, which is home to the largest undocumented immigrant population in the nation.

The plan, known as the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, would provide a pathway to citizenship to the 11 million unauthorized immigrants living in the United States. About 2 million of them live in California.

Biden’s proposal would have the biggest impact for recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and temporary protected status (TPS) holders, said Kevin R. Johnson, dean of the UC Davis School of Law.

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