Ms Praeli, a former undocumented immigrant from Peru who became a citizen in 2015, said that “11 million of us live and work every day”.
“We are raising families in communities without any protection against deportation and family separation, vulnerable to exploitation and abuse in the workplace,” she added. “So it’s high time for real change.”
Ms Praeli and other activists have said they will demand Mr Biden reject attempts to water down his immigration proposals as he passes the legislation through Congress.
“We need a clear and unapologetic intervention in the direction the country is heading,” said Greisa Martinez, an undocumented immigrant who is the executive director of United We Dream, a group that has pushed to protect the Dreamers from the deportation. “The time is over for compromises. Now is the time for a bold change. Our movement and our power are undeniable. Our demands are undeniable. We are ready.”
As transitional officials have described, Mr Biden’s legislation would profoundly reshape America’s immigration system, making it more generous to current immigrants and people from other parts of the world while rejecting anti-rhetoric. immigrants that Mr. Trump has spoken out since he became presidential candidate in 2015.
And it will kick off a controversial new debate on how the United States should treat foreigners, an issue that has been at the center of the rift between the two sides for decades. While Democrats tightly control both houses of Congress, Mr. Biden will need bipartisan cooperation, especially in the Senate, where most laws require 60 votes. Because Democrats only hold 50 seats in the chamber, the new president will need 10 Republicans to support his efforts to get him into law.
Mr. Obama was successful in persuading 68 senators, including 14 Republicans, to support a comprehensive immigration bill in 2013, to put an end to the effort in the Republican-controlled House. Now, with the Democrats in charge of the House, the challenge for Mr. Biden will be in the Senate, where nearly all Republicans who have backed Mr. Obama have left.