President Biden can’t even get a Immigration Bill thru the House yet…
Immigration Reform has NOT gone anywhere for a LONG time and the odds for now are not much better….
It IS something that changes with each new President which a busy way to run things….
Democratic Senate Majority Leader Schumer has his work cut for him try to get an Immigration package to gather without Republicans (the linked piece below alludes to some Republicans on board?…Graham was the last time)…
A comprehensive policy is sorely needed….
But one hopes Biden doesn’t do what his former boss President Obama did.
Have the Republican’s walk him to the alter and then leave him standing without a bill….
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is exploring if Democrats could bypass the filibuster on immigration reform as part of a backup plan if bipartisan talks unravel.
Schumer told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) earlier this year “that he and Senate Democrats are actively exploring what is possible to do on immigration via reconciliation,” a person familiar with the meeting confirmed to The Hill.
Any attempt to pass immigration reform through the budget process would need to be approved by the Senate parliamentarian, who provides guidance on what can and can’t be included. A ruling against including changes to immigration laws wouldn’t be the first priority nixed by the parliamentarian; Senate Democrats stripped a $15 per hour minimum wage proposal out of their coronavirus bill after the top official warned it didn’t comply with rules.
But Democrats discussing if they can use reconciliation believe their argument is strengthened by Congress passing legislation under the budget process in 2005 that included immigration changes. They also point to quotes from Republicans in 2005 supportive of using reconciliation to recapture employment-based visas.
“The Judiciary Committee decided to sweep all of the unused H-1B visas for the last few years and to use that as a means to satisfy the reconciliation instructions. … It will keep jobs here in America rather than export them to places like India and China,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said at the time.
Schumer’s comments to the CHC, which took place in February and were reported by The New York Times on Tuesday, come as a bipartisan group of senators — led by Schumer’s No. 2, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) — are negotiating behind the scenes to try to come up with an immigration deal that could defeat a 60-vote filibuster….