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Biden's Democratic allies intensify pressure for asylum-seekers to get work permits

  • Democratic leaders across cities and states are urging the Biden administration to make it easier for migrants to obtain work authorization quickly, allowing them to pay for food and housing. Mayor Brandon Johnson and Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois have even requested parole for asylum-seekers to bypass the wait for a work permit.
  • The process for obtaining work permits for asylum-seekers would require an act of Congress to shorten the mandatory six-month waiting period. However, some Democratic leaders argue that the Biden administration could take steps without congressional approval to expedite the authorization process.
  • The lack of work permits has led to frustration among immigrants, with only 16% of eligible migrants applying for work permits. Meanwhile, cities and states are struggling to provide housing for migrants, with New York City estimating a cost of $12 billion over three years.
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