Thursday, October 14, 2021
It has been back to the drawing board for Democrats on immigration reform as the Senate parliamentarian has nixed efforts to include big reforms in the budget reconciliation process. Along with many news reports on the latest plan for reform, Alan Fram for the Associated Press reports that Democrats in the U.S. Senate may propose that the government exercise its existing parole power to allow noncitizens to remain temporarily in the United States:
"The idea is being advanced as President Biden and party leaders labor to resolve disputes and win the near-unanimous Democratic support they will need to move the giant social and environment package through the narrowly divided Congress. The massive legislation has been bogged down for months amid internal fights over the measure’s ultimate price tag and the initiatives it will include."
Under the proposal, parole could be granted to those here since 2011 for five years and could be renewed for another five years.