Wednesday, June 29

“We are not tied to the parliamentary,” says Galician representative on the protection of undocumented immigrants

Representative Rubén Gallego recognizes the need to protect undocumented immigrants.

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Democrats hope to have an answer in the next five days about their plan C to protect the undocumented, but if MP Elizabeth MacDonough rejects the proposal, there are still options, including “disobeying the opinion” of the Senate expert.

This was indicated to this newspaper by the representative Rubén Gallego (Arizona), who is president of the BOLD PAC Hispanic Caucus Committee, which is on its way to promote Hispanic candidates for the 2022 election.

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

The voice of the president of this electoral group joins that of civil organizations that have repeatedly asked the vice president Kamala Harris not taking MacDonough’s opinion into account and moving forward with a plan that opens the way to citizenship for the undocumented.

Congressional sources from both Houses confirmed to this newspaper that the Democrats do not rule out disobeying the opinions of the parliamentarian, who has refused to grant citizenship to immigrants based on their essential work during the COVID-19 pandemic and also refused to change the date of the Registry Law, so that undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country before January 2010 could apply for a ‘green card’.

“All options are running out … before we get to that point,” said one of the people familiar with the process.

The president of BOLD PAC, the Gallego representative, acknowledged the possibility that his colleagues in the Senate do not pressure the parliamentarian in this way, but even said that there would be options, without specifying which ones.

Now if we don’t do that, We must find the language to integrate the plan into the Reconciliation (process), so we can protect the undocumented who have been here working for decades. and give them the opportunity to stay ”, he considered.

Representatives increase pressure

So far, it is the Democratic representatives who have openly expressed their pressure for the parliamentarian to accept a plan to protect the undocumented or they will refuse to approve the budget bill under the Reconciliation process.

Among them are Jesús “Chuy” García (Illinois), Lou Correa (California), who were the first to openly express their rejection.

Several days later they were joined by representatives from New York: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Adriano Espaillat, Nydia Velázquez, Ritchie Torres, Yvette D. Clarke, Carolyn B. Maloney, Grace Meng and Jamaal Bowman, who asked to maintain an immigration plan in the $ 3.5 trillion dollar economic project, which could drop to $ 2 trillion.

The new plan would offer protection against deportation or ‘parole’, in addition to Employment Authorization for five years with the option of an extra period, if the person meets the requirements, mainly not having a criminal record.

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

“The CHC has not changed our position,” he said. “The CHC will continue to take an ‘all and any way’ approach to passing immigration reform.”

The new decision will be made after the Congressional Budget Office analyzed the fiscal impact of the new protection for undocumented persons proposed.

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