There is a burst of discussion these days on how the pathway to citizenship can pass in 2021. Keep reading to get insights on the same.
📂 There are 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the US. Democrats’ hopes of including a pathway to citizenship for them in their soon-to-be budget reconciliation bill were crushed by the latest ruling of the Senate parliamentarian official.
👆 The Senate ruled that squeezing an immigration amnesty into the financial bill would have a far more significant impact than the budget itself. It is a Senate violation to include it.
Who is a Parliamentarian?
She is an unelected staff attorney – someone Congress hires as an employee for the job of interpreting the chamber’s rules.
She is responsible for telling politicians what can be put on the floor for legislative considerations and what cannot.
Read below to know about the process of budget reconciliation.
Procedure for Budget Reconciliation
💰 The process requires a simple majority vote and is not subject to the filibuster. A filibuster is a long discussion or argument taking place on the Congress floor. Any element of a reconciliation proposal must have a “more than incidental” impact on the federal budget to pass muster.
Discussing the new immigration policy, Parliamentarian Elizabeth Mac Donough wrote –
“It is by any standard a broad, new immigration policy. The reasons that people risk their lives to come to this country — to escape religious and political persecution, famine, war, unspeakable violence and lack of opportunity in their home countries — cannot be measured in federal dollars.”
📄 Options Available to pave the path of Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants
Democrats want to give millions of undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, an amnesty and a way to legalize.
They can still do it with one or more of the following 5 options:
🔸1. Presenting the parliamentarian with alternative proposals – more limited legalizing options, fewer categories, longer waiting times for green cards. Something that will not be as broad.
🔸2. Overruling the parliamentarian. However, it is the least probable to happen.
🔸3. Return to negotiations with Republicans to find ways to agree on narrow immigration policies that some less conservative Republicans are likely to accept.
🔸4. Use the Republican’s well-known wish to legalize farm workers and DACA kids to find the middle ground.
🔸5. Modernizing and repairing the broken Immigration legal system by reviewing every provision and setting up procedures and a new law that would work and be inclusive.
Although these ways speak of fewer chances of paving the way for citizenship, the number of fair chances can’t be overruled.
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