Thursday, October 21, 2021

Senate lawmakers can decide whether millions of new immigrants enter the US

Senate MP Elizabeth McDonough has previously rejected Senate Democrats’ Plan A and Plan B immigration proposals in her draft version of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” spending program.

What McDonough Recommends on Expected Plan C

McDonough – first appointed in 2012 as the first woman to hold a non-partisan position – is again in the hot seat as Democrats push the giant Biden spending plan through Congress as part of their “reconciliation” process . They are doing this because reconciliation proposals require only 51 votes to pass the Senate instead of the usual 60.

With a 50-50 split of the Senate, Democrats would have to corral all their caucus members to vote for the plan, the largest, most comprehensive expansion of the federal government since the New Deal, then toppled the tie by Vice President Kamala Harris. To be broken

McDonough previously dismissed first and second attempts to gain a positive recommendation from Democrats to include several immigration provisions, which are already in the 2,400+ page House edition of the reconciliation.

Under the permanent rules of the conciliation process, the provisions of the conciliation bills must have an effect on federal government spending and revenue that is more than “merely incidental”.

Changes made strictly of policy nature are not eligible, even if they may affect the budget. This means that there is a gray area between the two absolutes of “only accidental” and bulk changes. Democrats expect a third time to be an allure as McDonough opens the door to some or most of his reform proposals.

What is certain, according to immigration experts interviewed Monday by The Epoch Times, is the enormous impact America will have as a result of the enactment of key Democratic resolutions.

McDonough in September recommended against earlier Democratic proposals to authorize amnesty for the 8 million illegal aliens already in the country, but millions more legal immigrants would be covered by various provisions in the House bill, which Senate Democrats agreed with. want to carry.

According to a recently published analysis by Robert Law, director of regulatory affairs and policy at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), the provisions “will significantly increase permanent, legal immigration using a combination of interpretive gimmicks and exemptions to current immigration law.” “

“The first phase involves a concept that advocates of unlimited immigration have dubbed ‘recapturing an unused immigrant visa.’ By law, family-based immigration has 226,000 green cards per year, while employment-based immigration levels at 140,000. is set,” Law wrote.

“Under this principle, a green card that could Issued in a given financial year in the past but were not (either family-based or employment-based) is ‘unutilized’ and, therefore, has to be brought back to life for the benefit of a current or future potential immigrant should.” He continued.

But in reality, the law notes, green cards do not go “unused.” Those of a category that remain available at the end of one year are transferred to another category for the next year. Instead Democrats want to “recover” all “unused” green cards issued between 1992 and 2021 and make them available permanently.

If what Democrats call a “resurrection fantasy” becomes law, they estimate that about 800,000 green cards will thus be added to the supply. Also added would be a second phase in which winners of the immigration lottery between 2017 and 2021 who were unable to complete the process, were thus effectively given a free pass.

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But the third step is the most important of the Democratic proposals because it provides another way around the green card process.

“Step three in the legal immigration bonanza is rather crass, as it provides an exemption from the green card annual numerical limit and per-country cap if they have the means to pay supplemental fees,” the law observed.

“More precisely, this carving applies to aliens who are seeking to adjust lawful permanent resident status, a process already reserved for aliens in the country, but who are available on a green card basis.” At least two years have to wait for this to happen. State Department of Visa Bulletin.

“Via Section 60003″ [House reconciliation bill], any family-based prospective immigrant can jump the line for an additional $2,500 with a two-year wait, any employment-based prospective immigrant (preference categories 1-3) can jump the line for an additional $5,000, and any EB -5 immigrant investor can jump the line for an additional $50,000.”

Such provisions are because Law’s CIS associate, Jessica Vaughan, told The Epoch Times that, even without the apology previously rejected by McDonough, “the reconciliation bill being pushed by House Democrats will add to US immigration law in 60 years.” With a series of gimmicks, the bill would dramatically expand legal immigration, essentially bypassing the numerical limits set by Congress by offering work permits to people who enter countries with visas. can enter and get a job.”

Vaughan, who is director of policy studies for the CIS, said the “millions of foreign students who will receive indefinite work permits while waiting for green cards” will be the big winners. That would mean a really big expansion in the number of immigrants, and especially for those competing with US college grads for jobs. “

McDonough has been in the national media spotlight in recent weeks, but NumberUSA deputy director Chris Chimilensky told The Epoch Times that Senate Democrats “can choose to ignore the lawmaker if they wish. That will not be good and it sets a precedent.” and they will have to vote on it, but they can do it and probably successfully.”

And Liberty Government Affairs founder Brian Darling, former General Counsel for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), told The Epoch Times that in the final analysis, Senate Democrats can do as long as they keep their caucus voting uniform. . .

“Senate MPs don’t ‘rule’ anything. This is a myth perpetuated by the Senate Majority Leader [Chuck] Schumer. MPs recommend decisions and nothing prevents the vice president, who serves as the president of the Senate, or the senator from ignoring the MP’s recommended decision,” Darling said.

“It’s political theater, because, if Democrats want to disregard a lawmaker’s recommended regime, the only thing stopping it is their own party. Ultimately, a Republican senator will appeal any decision on controversial provisions and a Democratic senator will appeal something controversial. may allow the provisions in the bill if they can put together their caucus.

Darling said it “all comes down to partisan squabbles and an end-run around filibusters if Democrats want to use reconciliation. They may, even if MPs recommend against it, if they make their caucus one.” can keep it together.”

Mark Tapscott

Congress correspondent


Hilfaith Founding Editor, Congressional Correspondent for The Epoch Times, FOIA Hall of Fame, Reignnot, OK/Texan.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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