Sunday, July 25, 2021

Democrats to go it alone on immigration reform?


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For years -- decades really, Congress has been discussing immigration reform.  Almost all informed observers are dissatisfied with the current immigration system, which often is characterized as ""broken."  President Biden has voiced support for immigration reform.  Many Democrats in Congress have has well.  But compromises with Republican in Congress, many of who want increased enforcement measures before any other reform (such as a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants).  Now there is renewed pressure for reform with the recent court ruling, for now, future DACA applications.

Will the stalemate in Congress ever end?  Nicole Narea for Vox reports on what appears to be the Democrats' latest plan on passing immigration reform:

"After years of failed bipartisan talks on immigration reform, Democrats in Congress are pushing to go it alone and legalize millions of undocumented immigrants.

They’re hoping to provide a path to citizenship to several key groups: undocumented `DREAMers' who came to the US as children; people with Temporary Protected Status . . . ; farm workers; and other essential workers.

Though the specific legislative language has yet to be announced, Democrats are planning to include the proposal in their 2022 budget reconciliation package, which they could pass with a simple majority in Congress and without a single Republican vote.

It’s a risky strategy, but one Democrats believe is worth trying in order to break the yearslong immigration reform deadlock and improve the lives of millions who would otherwise continue to live in the shadows as a kind of permanent underclass, vulnerable to exploitation and to removal from a country where many of them have put down roots."


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