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Democrats in the United States Senate finalize details of the so-called “Plan C” to grant work permits to between seven and eight million undocumented immigrants.
Democrats have already presented two previous plans (A and B) to grant citizenship to undocumented immigrants as part of the stimulus package promoted by the Biden Administration. But none of these have been approved by Senate MP Elizabeth MacDonough, who determines what to include. legislation under the budget process known as “reconciliation” that allows to give way to legislative measures only with the votes of the majority, in this case the Republicans.
By the end of September, MacDonough rmade the second attempt by the Democrats to grant the “green card” (permanent residence) as part of a path to citizenship for millions of foreigners in the US.
The Democratic proposal sought modify the date of application of the Registry Law from 1972 to 2010 to include these changes in the reconciliation plan.
Currently, the majority in the Senate is focused on a project that provides for work permits but without citizenship in the short term.
“Plan A and Plan B had a concept of citizenship. In this new concept it would be (work) permit for 7 to 8 million immigrants, and that concept is based on previous immigration laws, rules of the reconciliation process, and following the guidance given by the parliamentarian in her analysis when she rejected plan A and plan B, ”Lia Parada, Director of Government Affairs, explained to Univision from American Progress.
The activist stressed that the new proposal focuses on existing laws.
“First they have to be based on laws that already exist, and that work permit has already been issued by President Reagan and George Bush… and they have been in immigration law for many decades. She rejected plans that had citizenship. So this is just a permit, protection from deportation, access to government benefits like medical care, ”the spokeswoman listed.
As part of the legislative pressure for the inclusion of a provision in favor of the undocumented, he has been exposed to MacDonough the pro-economic impact of immigrants on the workforce.
“What we are presenting to the parliamentarian is that immigrants have a very large economic impact on the Government, and that now we are not looking for citizenship but we are looking for the protections that would give permission to work while benefiting the economy. That is what we are taking to the parliamentarian ”, he added.
Under the Democrats’ new plan, the work permit could be extended up to 10 years.
“It would be for between 7 and 8 million who have been in the United States since 2010, and it would be a 5-year work permit that can be renewed for another 5 years. In other words, it would be a program that would last 10 years, protecting between 7 and 8 million people, ”Parada explained.
“It would be a legal status, but not access to citizenship. It would be a program like DACA that has the support of the American people, that is, Republicans and Democrats… these people who enter this new process have the goal of making them citizens as they leave this process, ”said the interviewee.
This Thursday, it emerged that a group of more than 39 progressive Democrats in the House of Representatives pressure leaders of the same Party in the Senate so that they ignore the recommendation of the parliamentarian and proceed with the previous project to grant citizenship.
Representatives Lou Correa from California; Jesús “Chuy” García, from Illinois; and Adriano Espaillat and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, requested that the broader immigration plan is maintained to regularize this group despite the objections of the parliamentarian.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.