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Why Biden's immigration plan may be risky for Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is confronting the political risk that comes with grand ambition. As one of his first acts, Biden offered a sweeping immigration overhaul last week that...

1/24/2021 5:31:00 PM

President Biden has offered a sweeping immigration overhaul plan, but it must compete with his other marquee legislative goals. That has some Latinos worried Biden could cut deals that weaken the finished product — or fail to pass anything at all.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is confronting the political risk that comes with grand ambition. As one of his first acts, Biden offered a sweeping immigration overhaul last week that...

Biden also fell short in Texas even though running mate Kamala Harris devotedvaluable, late campaign time there. The ticket lost some sparsely populated but heavily Mexican American counties along the Mexican border, where law enforcement agencies are major employers and the GOP’s zero-tolerance immigration policy resonated.

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There were more warning signs for House Democrats, who lost four California seats and two in South Florida while failing to pick up any in Texas. Booming Hispanic populations reflected in new U.S. census figures may see Texas and Florida gain congressional districts before 2022′s midterm elections, which could make correcting the problem all the more pressing for Democrats.

The urgency isn’t lost on Biden. He privately spent months telling immigration advocates that major overhauls would be at the top of his to-do list. As vice president, he watched while the Obama administration used larger congressional majorities to speed passage of a financial crisis stimulus bill and its signature health care law while letting an immigration overhaul languish.

“It means so much to us to have a new president propose bold, visionary immigration reform on Day 1. Not Day 2. Not Day 3. Not a year later,” said New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, his chamber’s lead sponsor of the Biden package.Menendez was part of a bipartisan immigration plan championed by the “Gang of Eight” senators that collapsed in 2013. Obama then resorted to executive action to offer legal status to millions of young immigrants. President George W. Bush also pushed an immigration package — with an eye toward boosting Latino support for Republicans before the 2008 election — only to see it fail in Congress.

Menendez acknowledged that the latest bill will have to find at least 10 Republican senators’ support to clear the 60-vote hurdle to reach the floor, and that he’s “under no illusions” how difficult that will be.Former Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a moderate Republican from Florida, said Biden may find some GOP support but probably will have to settle for far less than what’s in his original proposal.

“Many Republicans are worried about primary challenges,” Curbelo said, adding that Trump and his supporters’ championing of immigration crackdowns means there’s “political peril there for Republicans.”But he also said Democrats could alienate some of their own base by appearing to prioritize the needs of people in the country illegally over those of struggling U.S. citizens and thus “appearing to overreach from the perspective of swing and independent voters.”

Indeed, Democrats haven’t always universally lined up behind an immigration overhaul, arguing that it could lead to an influx of cheap labor that hurts U.S. workers. Some of the party’s senators joined Republicans in sinking Bush’s bill.Still, Latinos haven’t forgotten past immigration failures and have often to blamed Democrats more than Republicans.

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Chuck Roca, head of Nuestro PAC, which spent $4 million on ads boosting Biden in Arizona, said that while Hispanics have traditionally tended to support Democrats, he has begun to see trends in the past decade where more are registering as independent or without party affiliation. Those voters can still be won back, he said, but only if Latinos see real change on major issues such as immigration “even if it’s piecemeal.”

“They have to get something done if they want to start to turn around the loss of Latino voters,” said Rocha, who headed Latino voter outreach for Sanders’ presidential campaign. “They have to do everything in their power now to get Latinos back.”___Associated Press writer Alan Fram contributed to this report.

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So the question is, is the glass half full or half empty😠 Follow me and I follow back, you can unfollow if I don't follow back The Operatives controlling Bien are evil while he cluelessly searches for someone to grope. You get what you can get when you can get it. That's part of deal making. Idiot Which Latinos are saying that? Or are you saying it to get everyone riled up to increase your ratings?

Illegal immigrants are already living here and going grocery shopping and working..... they can not collect food stamps, social security or anything like that. If there is a due process In which eventually they can get citizenship and pay taxes by filing with the IRS so be it! Many low wage jobs are being automated. He has already regulated 10s of thousands of jobs out of existence, in the first day. To then flood a non existent job market with an open flow of immigration, will be disasterous.

I know plenty of Latinos who do not support open borders. We need more immigration and immigration reform but rewarding illegal immigration only encourages more illegal immigration and asylum fraud. Y’all are starting up with the bullshit already I see. It is a wonder that any smart, decent, honorable people get involved in politics in this country. They are constantly having to deal with a press that is always looking for that gotcha moment. No wonder y’all loved trump.🤗🙄

Latino's are not a reliable voting block for Democrats. No matter what Biden does on immigration they will never be happy. He will fuck over all illegal immigrants that voted for him. I have nothing for some dumbass who allows illegals to come here. They are breaking our laws. Send them back, not pardon them. Americans first.

We’ve got the president in office to put forth the needed policies. Our job isn’t done we need to get the legislators in office to get the legislative work done. It’s time to insure we elect legislators that will support our vision. In short vote. Isn't there, like, some real news you could be reporting?

The caravan of 9000 Honduras is nothing. Under Biden, we’ll see future caravans of 50000. if we have no employment opportunities for them.....? do they speak english? It's the art of compromising. It's done in a facets of goals being attained The risk to this is the same as it was with health insurance, GOP doesn’t want it. In spite of any claim they make, the republicans do not want immigration reform. They nearly killed the last two Rs – Bush and Rubio – who took a shot at it.

So why isn't the USA in the property acquisition mode? Is it possible that having more U.S. territories it could stem migration, increase travel and business opportunities, and improve/expand the territories' economies, as well as the U.S. economy? Latinos are increasingly voting republican. These Latinos are actively working against a Biden immigration reform.

Democrats have offered a wide range of incentives and help to immigrants. They have sold a clever message to the Lat, who ended up trusting. Now the easy way, too many benefits in the bill to make sure the congress has enough a munition to reject it whatever title precedes his name JoeBiden is was and always will be an idot

trump's border wall was a step in the right direction, yet he always does it in his heartless way......... address the problem at it's america source........ the borderline,..... all else is a late clusterf*** reaction___________ Day 4. Still waiting on the $2000 promise. A stand alone bill is possible. Immigration is so contentious. We all can unify behind $2000. Let’s see how long this takes