Sunday, January 16

Democrats confirm that protection for undocumented persons will be part of the Reconciliation project

The good news is that Undocumented immigrants can still count on Democrats to have some protection in place to pass under the Reconciliation process, but the not so good news is that it is unknown what the plan will be and, above all, how many people it would benefit.

This was confirmed by a Senate source to this newspaper with direct knowledge of the process, but cannot reveal her name because she is not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

He was asked if the new plan will be part of the proposal that this week could be released with the guidelines and amounts to prepare the plans that will integrate the budget bill in the Reconciliation process, after President Joe Biden to Advance with Senators Joe Manchin (West Virginia) and Kyrsten Sinema (Arizona) on the Build Back Better Agenda.

Currently, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) continues final review of plan that would protect eight million people from deportation and grant them Employment Authorization, but the source indicated that it is possible that when the guidelines for the budget bill are released, the migration plan mentioned there may be different.

“We are working on that special migration option,” he said, but pointed out that other groups of senators are preparing the general agreement on social investment. “There may be an agreement between all of us before we finish the parliamentary process.”

It refers to the fact that the Democrats, as advanced by the Senate leader, Chuck Schumer (New York) this Wednesday they could reach an agreement on the general guidelines, but without having a specific proposal on immigration, although it is contemplated, while they continue negotiations with MP Elizabeth MacDonough.

“It is possible that what will be seen (in the Reconciliation plan) will be different … while we continue the conversation with the parliamentarian,” he said. “There is going to be an immigration proposal.”

Remarked that can’t say at this point what the plan will be, since there is even the possibility that the Democrats decide to return to the so-called plan B, which is to modify the Registry Law.

In that proposal, undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States before January 1, 2010, could apply for a ‘green card’ without the need for a sponsor.

“It may be that plan C will be followed,” he said in case the parliamentarian endorses it, but that would not open the way to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

“We could go back to plan B”, that is not known, he insisted.

Negotiations with the parliamentarian will take place when the CBO report is received. Senators Schumer, Dick Durbin (Illinois), Bernie Sanders (Vermont) and Alex Padilla (California) are leading this process..

“11 million undocumented people live in this country and contribute to our economy,” Durbin said in an interview on CNN. “They deserve to live and work here without fear. More than 30 years have passed since Congress passed immigration reform. We can not wait any longer. Now is the time and Reconciliation is the way ”.

The immigration issue is key for the Democrats in the electoral process and in an interview with this newspaper, the representative Rubén Gallego (Arizona), president of the Committee of the Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC – which is preparing the 2022 electoral process – said that if the parliamentarian rejects the proposal, there are still options, even “disobey opinion.”

I think the Senate should ignore the parliamentarian, ”said Gallego. “The parliamentarian can give the recommendation, but that does not mean that we should be tied to it”.

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