The latest version of the U.S. Administration’s $1.75 trillion social spending bill includes immigration provisions that would give up to 10 years of work authorization for undocumented people living in the U.S.

The Build Back Better package released by the House on Wednesday does not provide a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented people already living in the U.S. It instead relies on a process known as parole to waive immigration requirements for five years for those who have been living in the U.S. prior to 2011.

Once approved, beneficiaries could apply for a five-year extension, ultimately allowing them to stay in the country until the end of 2031. It also includes visa recapture, preserving some 222,000 unused family-based visas and roughly 157,000 employment-based visas that would otherwise lapse.

The parole provisions, even without a pathway to citizenship, would still provide temporary status, much like that given to “Dreamers” under prior U.S. Administration. Some would likely be able to secure other pathways to citizenship or residency during the 10-year period outlined in the bill.

In addition to immigration, the bill outlines a framework for $550 billion for climate spending, $400 billion in early childhood education and child care, $200 billion in expanded child-tax credit, $165 billion in health care, $150 billion in housing, and $150 billion in long-term home care.

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