Thursday, December 2

Hispanic Caucus in Congress: “We will secure a path … to immigration reform”

Activists have demanded that Congress and the Biden Administration ensure protection for the undocumented.

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) affirmed that the fight for immigration reform is far from over, in the midst of the complicated Reconciliation process that has impeded the advance of the proposals of the Democrats in the Senate.

After the president of the Caucus, the representative Raul Ruiz (California), implied that the support of 10 Republicans is being sought to approve any reform, a spokeswoman for that group in Congress said that all possible options are being evaluated.

“The CHC has not changed our position,” the spokeswoman told this newspaper.

He added that the Caucus is disappointed by Senate MP Elizabeth MacDonough’s refusal to approve a path that protects millions of undocumented immigrants. The first option was to grant protection to eight million people considered essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and the second was to modify the Registry Law that would help a similar number, by modifying the date.

“While we did not get the decision we wanted from the Senate MP, the fight is far from over.”

CHC Spokesperson.

He added that the Caucus is exploring different options, but remains attentive to the new proposal that will be presented by the senators. Dick Durbin (Illinois), Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont), Chairman of the Budget Committee.

“The CHC will continue to take an ‘all and any way’ approach to passing immigration reform,” the spokeswoman said. “We look forward to the alternative proposal of the Senate Democrats to the Senate MP and we trust that we will ensure a way forward in immigration reform“.

Plan C

The new proposal by the Democrats consists of protection against deportation or ‘parole’ for undocumented immigrants, as well as an Employment Authorization for five years, with the option to renew it for a similar period, said Lia Parada, director of Legislative Defense of Immigration HUB, to the podcast El Diario Sin Límites.

Any (undocumented) person who arrived in the United States before January 1, 2011 and does not have a significant crime record could apply for this process.“Parada explained. “They would have permission and protection from deportation for up to ten years.”

He added that this would benefit ‘dreamers’ who have DACA and people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), since such programs are susceptible to being canceled by any administration or challenged in court, unlike the proposal that could be approved. by Congress.

However, those immigrants under DACA or TPS who do not qualify for the new protection, if approved, could keep the other immigration benefit.

For whatever reason someone with DACA or TPS who does not qualify for this new program can keep their DACA and TPS“, He emphasized.

Majority Leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer (New York), confirmed that the parliamentarian had returned, so the senators wore pink masks, in support of the official’s battle against cancer.

“We are wearing these pink masks for the parliamentarian, who returned today. She is on the road to a rapid recovery and we are praying for her, ”said Senator Schumer.

The new plan would protect 7.1 million illegal immigrants, according to an analysis by the Center for American Progress.

Whats Next

Although the senator Bob Menéndez (New Jersey) affirmed that this Wednesday there could be progress, the Democrats are still waiting for the analysis of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), confirmed a spokesman for the Democratic caucus in the Senate.

“What the parliamentarian wants to know is the fiscal impact of the proposal,” said the source, explaining that the CBO makes an estimate of how many resources are required to benefit millions of undocumented immigrants.

He added that these processes regularly take more than a week, so it was possible to have a response at the beginning of the following week.

“With that then we can sit down with the parliamentarian,” he added.

Other sources from Congress confirmed that the analysis of the fiscal impact includes several aspects, such as access to social programs that immigrants could have access to if they are protected.

These estimates are separate from the $ 107 billion dollars contemplated in the guidelines of the Reconciliation process bill.

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