Biden on board with immigration reform in $3.5T reconciliation bill

President Biden mentioned he backs Democrats’ efforts to incorporate immigration reform measures in their $3.5 trillion finances reconciliation bill.

The commander-in-chief made the remark outdoors the White House Thursday earlier than leaving for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., with First Lady Jill Biden, whom he was accompanying to an appointment for a procedure on her foot.

“It went very well,” he mentioned of his meeting with 11 Democratic lawmakers earlier that day, the place the group mentioned together with a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, folks initially promised such beneath the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, in their finances settlement.

“I think we should include in the reconciliation bill: the immigration proposal,” he added, providing an endorsement of what the group of lawmakers had urged to him.

Biden made the assertion instantly after the assembly, which included Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman and Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ), two of the leaders on the Senate facet for immigration reform, in addition to Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM).

Chairman of House Judiciary Committee Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) (C) speaks to reporters outside of the Oval Office after meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden on July 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and leadership for the Senate and House Judiciary Committee met with President Biden to discuss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Democrats like Rep. Jerry Nadler (middle) are spearheading the bill.
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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), House Hispanic Caucus Chairman Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), and Reps. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) attended on behalf of the decrease home of Congress.

Lawmakers advised the press afterwards that Biden had backed their efforts throughout the assembly as nicely.

“He knows the challenges we face. He’s with us. He made it clear to us, unequivocally clear that he stands with our efforts,” Durbin mentioned, referring to the commander-in-chief.

“Reconciliation is the only option,” Nadler advised reporters, stressing the urgency of getting the matter handed by no matter means obligatory — in this case with none Republican help for it.

In an announcement, Cortez Masto supplied some particulars of what gadgets Democrats may select to incorporate in the $3.5 trillion package deal, comparable to a pathway to citizenship for farmworkers, important staff from the pandemic and people who already maintain Temporary Protected Status.

“For decades, politicians have refused to act to fix our broken immigration system, and this is our opportunity to ensure we are treating workers and families with dignity. A reconciliation bill that balances border security with a path to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS holders, farm and essential workers will create jobs, boost our economy, and lift up working families across Nevada and the nation,” the Nevada Democrat mentioned.

The assembly got here days after Biden admitted that Democrats had been trying to embody a pathway to citizenship in their $3.5 trillion finances package deal.

Immigration advocates gather outside the Supreme Court following a ruling in Washington, DC, USA, 18 June 2020. The Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration's move to scrap the program, 'Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals' (DACA), in a 5-4 ruling written by Chief Justce John Roberts. The decision impacts hundreds of thousands of  immigrants who were brought to the US as children.
It was not initially clear if addressing the DACA program could be doable by Democrats’ reconciliation deal.

“There must be a pathway to citizenship,” he mentioned Sunday, “whether it needs to be in [reconciliation] remains to be seen.”

Democrats and immigrant advocates have felt a newfound urgency to deal with the authorized standing of Dreamers in latest weeks, following a federal decide in Texas ruling earlier this month that this system was illegal.

The decide additionally blocked new candidates, leaving those that are nonetheless ready to listen to again from this system in limbo.

It was not initially clear if addressing the DACA program, handed in 2012 to provide work permits to and defend from deportation folks introduced illegally to the US as minors, could be doable by Democrats’ reconciliation deal.

Budget reconciliation permits the bulk social gathering to bypass the legislative filibuster, the Senate rule requiring 60 members to finish debate on most matters and transfer ahead to a vote.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) speaks at a press conference of the Senate Democratic Leadership.
Senate Democratic Leadership Press Conference in Washington, US.
Biden made the assertion instantly after the assembly, which included Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman and Majority Whip Dick Durbin.

The Senate is cut up 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats, although Vice President Kamala Harris, as Senate president, has a tie-breaking vote. Still, 51 votes will not be sufficient beneath present guidelines to interrupt by the filibuster.

Biden cut up his infrastructure package deal, a centerpiece of his post-COVID agenda, into two components for Congress to go.

The first, the “American Jobs Plan,” targeted on onerous infrastructure, whereas the second, the “American Families Plan,” is aimed toward funding Democrats’ home coverage platform.

Republicans took problem with the second package deal, which they argue stretches the definition of infrastructure. The first package deal, in the meantime, took a backseat to a bipartisan deal brokered in the Senate.

The GOP negotiators on the compromise settlement mentioned Wednesday that they reached an agreement on the small print of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill — salvaging a blueprint brokered last month by Biden.

The Senate then voted 67-32 to advance debate on the vital laws later that night.

Asked Friday in regards to the matter, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) concurred with Biden.

“I do believe immigration should be in reconciliation — some piece of that in the reconciliation [bill].”

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