The congressmen asked to reject the immigration restrictions proposed by the Republicans

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Democratic congressmen from California Alex Padilla Nanette Barragan They urged the president of the United States, Joe Bidento reject the restrictions proposed by the Republicans on the asylum system in exchange for the approval of a budget project that includes items to support Ukraine and Israel.

On Wednesday, the Republican caucus of the US Senate managed to stop the progress of the project of about 105 billion dollars, which includes more than 61 thousand of military aid for Ukraine and about 14 thousand for Israel.

Democrats need at least 9 votes on the Republican side to approve the project, so President Biden said he was considering making “significant concessions on the border.”

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In a joint statement, Senator Padilla and Representative Barragán, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said they were “deeply concerned” that the Democratic President would consider promoting immigration policies from the time of the former president. Donald Trump (2017-2021) that Democrats are fighting hard for.

They feel that “handing off demands for these permanent and damaging policy changes as the ‘price to pay’ for a one-time, unrelated spending package would be a dangerous precedent. ”

The leader of the Republican caucus in the Senate, Mitch McConnellassured last week before the vote that his party would not support any budget package in exchange for immigration restrictions not being imposed, which included making access to asylum.

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“The Republicans in the Senate are clearly not interested in strategic border management and we will not accept their harsh and unrealistic demands,” said Padilla and Barragán.

Defenders of immigrants They also reacted to the topic. Lindsay Toczylowski, director of the Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef), said in a statement that negotiations to approve the aid package in exchange for immigration restrictions “could be absolutely devastating.”

“As an organization that works on both sides of the border between the United States and Mexico, we know very well the terrible consequences of policies like this,” the activist emphasized.

In this regard, Anthony D. Romerodirector of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), warned that the proposal mimics the plans of former President Trump and his advisor Stephen Miller for the second term.

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“Reducing the due process rights of immigrants targets our neighbors, co-workers, and loved ones, and facilitates their deportations with little or no possibility of appeal.”