Between 4.4 million and 6.5 million immigrants illegally in the U.S. could become citizens under proposals being discussed by Republicans in the House of Representatives, according to tan estimate published Tuesday by the National Foundation for American Policy.
Robert Goodlatte of Virginia, a Republican who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said he would offer a provisional legal status to illegal immigrants, then allow those who can demonstrate they are eligible to apply for permanent residency through the existing system, based on sponsorships by a family member or an employer.
Even without major changes to current immigration law, 3.1 million to 4.4 million immigrants now illegally in the United States would be eligible for green cards because they are parents of American citizens. As many as 600,000 could gain green cards as spouses of citizens and legal residents, and up to 45,000 could receive green cards within two decades as low-skilled workers.
800,000 to 1.5 million illegal immigrant who came to the U.S. as children could gain citizenship if the legislation is passed.
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