Monday, November 22, 2021

Immigration and the Build Back Better Act

NBC News reports that immigration is a key issue of discussion as Congress weighs the Build Back Better Act.

The House bill would grant provisional work permits to about 6.5 million undocumented people in the U.S., under a process known as parole. It is a high priority of progressives and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

But it is not clear that the provision will comply with the Senate budget rules. The Senate parliamentarian has rejected two previous immigration provisions backed by Democrats that would offer a path to citizenship, which the House bill policy would not guarantee.

Some Democratic House members say the party should include an immigration provision no matter what, but Senator Joe Manchin has signaled that he wants to abide by the parliamentarian's advice.

The Hispanic caucus "urges the Senate to protect the work-permits and protections and we are hopeful they will use the Senate rules to build upon them and create an earned pathway to citizenship to further improve our nation's economy," Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., the caucus chair, said in a statement.


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