Dems ready an immigration reform backup plan despite long odds

Democrats are refocusing their efforts to include some pieces of immigration reform in their party-line reconciliation proposal

9/21/2021 2:26:00 AM

Democrats are refocusing their efforts to include some pieces of immigration reform in their party-line reconciliation proposal

Privately, they acknowledge that the Senate parliamentarian may have doomed their effort. Publicly, they're floating a new strategy.

One alternate policy that Democrats and advocates are floating is narrowing their horizons on immigration by making a simple change to a decades-old “registry” law, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions. That law allows immigrants to apply for a green card if they arrived in the U.S. before a certain year, and that date was last altered in 1986 to let undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. before 1972 apply for legal status.

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Some Democrats say simply updating that law with a more recent year, greatly increasing the number of immigrants eligible to apply for legal status, could pass muster with the Senate parliamentarian."The registry is one possibility," said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), noting that the law hasn't been updated since the Reagan era. "We're looking at all different alternatives. We're not giving up."

Menendez confimed his interest in that approach: “We’re not changing the law which was the essence of her arguments that I read in her opinion,” he said. “We are just updating a date.”Including some kind of immigration reform in the party’s social spending package is a major priority for both the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the far bigger Congressional Progressive Caucus. That roughly 100-member bloc in the House has outlined immigration as one of five priorities that must be in their package to win support on the left.

In the House, at least two Latino Democrats have vowed to oppose the entire package if immigration reform isn’t included. Still, other lawmakers and aides speculated that those Democrats would be forced to soften their threat if the parliamentarian fully rejects the strategy.

One of those Democrats, Rep. Chuy Garcia, reiterated Monday that "immigration reform needs to be a part of reconciliation."The Illinois Democrat also suggested that there could be another option — overruling the parliamentarian, something that Senate Democrats have little appetite for.

"We’d like to exhaust all the avenues before we get to something like that. But we should remember her role is to interpret rules. In the past, the body has overridden the parliamentarian's recommendations," Garcia said.Democrats had argued to the parliamentarian that the budgetary effect of providing permanent legal status to Dreamers, farmworkers, essential workers during the pandemic and those with Temporary Protected Status would be significant enough to include in reconciliation because more people would become eligible for federal benefits. But the parliamentarian concluded that their proposal is "a broad, new immigration policy,” ushering in a societal change that “substantially outweighs the budgetary impact.”

The parliamentarian’s Sunday decision is also likely to renew calls from the left for the Senate to scrap the legislative filibuster, which Senate Democrats don’t currently have the votes to do."We anticipated that this would be very difficult," said Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas).

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Asked if there would be calls within the Hispanic Caucus to override the Senate rule official, Escobar said that "we're not there yet."Senate Republicans, meanwhile, praised the parliamentarian. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), who is part of a bipartisan working group focused on immigration reform, said Sunday’s decision “dismisses the notion that either party could go it alone” and could motivate Republicans and Democrats to return to the negotiating table on the topic.

The bipartisan working group has met several times, including earlier this summer, but there’s so far little evidence of progress. Senate Republicans have said that they don’t want to address a pathway to citizenship without changes to Biden’s border policy.

When asked whether bipartisan immigration reform was possible this Congress, Tillis offered a wry dose of reality.“Sure," he said. "Every bit as the last 20." Read more: POLITICO »

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Dems have the best intentions but they are shot down and controlled by 2 fake Dems planted by the GOP ...... Perfect way to send it to the trash can. This is a problem that simple US immigration reform cannot fix alone. We need UN involvement & planning. Climate change & wars have people on the move. We must have a multi-national comprehensive plan.

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