The Registry bill was first introduced in Congress in late July 2022, raising the chances that up to 8 million undocumented Americans could qualify for a green card if passed. In March 2023 the bill was re-introduced in the 118th Congress as HR 1511 with broad support including endorsements from 150 organizations, over 60 co-sponsors, and broad appeal.
The registry bill is an elegant, easy way to make dreams come true for our neighbors, friends, family members, who are contributing to their community and have deep roots in this country. Congress has not taken significant action on a legalization bill in over 40 years. It's time to #UpdateTheRegistry to give people a path to citizenship.
Legalization of 8 million
Americans in waiting is possible
The registry has existed for nearly a century but was last updated in the Reagan era. An update through HR 1511: Renewing Immigration Provisions of the Immigration Act of 1929 could normalize the system and let at least 8 million people who contributed for years to this country come out of the shadows.
Setting a new registry date requires no new legislation and lets undocumented residents integrate into the nation they have been part of sometimes for decades. If we move it closer to 2023, we begin to calm the strife over immigration.
• Move the current registry date to 2016
• This can be done via as a separate bill or as part of budget reconciliation;
• Automatically move, or "roll", the registry date forward, e.g. by a year every year.
• Create a presumption of “good moral character” for all applicants.
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