WSJ: As Biden Weighs Giving Legal Status to Immigrant Spouses of U.S. Citizens, A Philly Couple Has Hope

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As President Joe Biden weighs giving legal status to immigrant spouses of U.S. citizens, hundreds of thousands of couples are pondering the impact it can have,

Twenty years ago, Allyson Batista fell in love with and later married a man living in the United States illegally with no hope of fixing his status.

Two decades later, the couple has three children and a successful construction business in Philadelphia

As President Joe Biden weighs giving legal status to immigrant spouses of U.S. citizens, hundreds of thousands of couples like the Batistas are pondering the impact it can have, writes Michelle Hackman for The Wall Street Journal

Despite the fraught nature of immigration politics heading into the 2024 presidential election, the idea has been gaining traction.

Many of Biden’s top political advisers believe the president could benefit from taking a positive step on immigration to contrast with his tough talk on the issue. 

Officials inside the White House and the Department of Homeland Security have also been studying a range of proposals to provide work permits or deportation relief for millions of undocumented immigrants who have lived and worked in the U.S. for a long time. 

The administration has also been under increasing pressure from business groupds and big city mayors to launch a large-scale relief program to help mixed-status families.

“In all my years of advocacy, I never felt so hopeful,” said Batista.

Read more about the push to help couples and families with mixed statuses at The Wall Street Journal.

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