WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Democrats were preparing to try to allow millions of immigrants to stay temporarily in the United States as part of the party’s ambitious economic plan, people involved in the effort said Thursday, when the White House released a draft of President Joe Biden’s trophy. legislation.
For the third time this year, Democrats planned to ask a Senate MP if the immigration proposal could be included in their social and environmental package. This will allow migrants who arrived in the United States before 2011 and who have no permanent legal status to apply for a permit allowing them to stay and work for five years.
The permit can be renewed for another five years and will protect them from deportation and also potentially allow them to travel abroad. This will not create a new way for them to obtain lawful permanent residence or citizenship.
Helping immigrants is a top priority for progressive Democrats, and Biden used the early days of his presidency to offer to help 11 million migrants become citizens.
Democrats use a special procedure that protects their economic package from GOP filibusters who might kill him, but those rules also require provisions to be mostly budget-related and not new policies. Non-partisan parliamentarian Elizabeth McDonough turned down two previous Democratic immigration proposals.
The immigration proposal was described by two people who only discussed it on condition of anonymity. They said the provision would help an estimated 7 million migrants temporarily stay in the United States.
After Biden met Thursday with House Democrats at the Capitol and presented a plan for his now-cut economic proposal, some expressed disappointment with his visit and the scope. While the tables summarizing the $ 1.75 trillion 10-year plan programs mention $ 100 billion in immigration, this money is listed separately and not in the total price.
“There is $ 100 billion, but this is a footnote,” Rep. Adriano Espailat, DN.Y. said as he left the private meeting with Biden. He added that during the meeting, Biden “did not say anything about immigration” – the omission, according to the deputy, left him with a sense of “anonymity.”
Rep. Raul Ruiz, Calif., Chairman of the Latin American congressional group, said the overall package was “still evolving.” But he said he supported the measure because of its spending on children, expanding Medicaid and Medicare coverage, and other programs.
These initiatives “will significantly improve the lives of American families, especially Hispanics,” Ruiz said.
It was unclear when Senate aides would discuss the latest proposal with an MP, but leaders want to push the bill as a whole through Congress soon.
Some advocates are calling on Democrats to use their 51-50 Senate majority, which includes Vice President Kamala Harris’ casting vote, to overturn any McDonough ruling that blocks immigration language.
It is unclear whether the Democrats will have the unanimous party support they need to win. In the past, leaders have shown little enthusiasm for overturning parliamentary decrees.
“This is a year for results,” said Lorella Praeli, co-president of the progressive Center for Social Change. “Procedural excuses don’t work.”
The White House’s economic base provides only a general description of how the $ 100 billion will be used. It says the money will help reduce delays in the immigration process, provide more legal representation and make “the asylum and border control system more efficient and humane.”
The initial version of House of Representatives economic legislation would have allowed the government to use hundreds of thousands of unused visas to enter the United States. In addition, it would change the old law allowing migrants in the United States until 2010 to apply for permanent legal status. This law currently applies to people here before 1972, making it largely irrelevant.
The House and Senate will have to approve an identical law before he can get Biden’s signature.
In recent weeks, a Senate MP has ruled against two previous immigration proposals. It would be possible to create a path to permanent residence for 8 million migrants. The other, like the House of Representatives bill, would update the law to allow individuals in the United States prior to 1972 to apply for permanent status.
The $ 1.75 trillion overall plan is half the price it had three months ago, it leaves out some priorities, such as requiring paid family leave, and leaves detailed decisions for later. The challenge for party leaders to win near-unanimous support for Democrats to defeat opposition Republicans in a narrowly divided Congress has yet to be met.