October 4, 2022
After reducing amnesty provisions in the budget bill
House Democrats dropped plans for an expansive amnesty for illegal immigrants in their new budget proposal Wednesday, and instead called for a more tentative legal status for illegal immigrants that would block them from deportation but not offer a clear path to citizenship. The move, which lawmakers had been hinting at, drew howls of protest…
, Democrats are drawing ire from immigrants

House Democrats have dropped plans to provide an extensive amnesty to illegal immigrants in Wednesday’s budget proposal. Instead, they called for a more tentative legal status that would prevent illegal immigrants from being deported but not give them a path to citizenship.

The move, which lawmakers had been hinting about, drew protests from immigrant rights activists who called it a betrayal to the promises President Biden had made.

Under this plan, illegal immigrants who arrived prior to 2011 will be granted “parole”, which gives them the right to stay in the country for up five years. They will also be allowed to apply for work permits, travel authorizations, and the chance to get the coveted REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses.

This is similar to DACA that exists for illegal immigrants “Dreamers .”

While millions of illegal immigrants will have a safer foothold, they won’t have a new path to citizenship, unlike the Dreamers. However, those with citizen relatives could change their status based upon these ties.

Activists claimed they were promised full citizenship and that illegal immigrants have earned it through holding down jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

“After being subject to the anti-immigrant President of recent history for four years, who tried out new and more cruel ways of terrorizing and ripping apart families, immigrants deserve more than the temporary and half-measures offered by this bill,” stated Murad Awawdeh (executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition).

But United Farm Workers, another prominent voice in the immigration debate called the tentative status “real and tangible relief” for illegal immigrants. UFW supported the new proposal.

Democrats see the watered down version of Congress as the best they have to do under the rules.

To avoid a GOP-led filibuster they are adding the immigration language to their $1. 75 trillion budget bill. However, the budget rules allow only provisions that are primarily fiscal in nature. Senator parliamentarians have concluded that citizenship rights are too broad to be included in the rules.

Activists criticized the decision of the parliamentarian and called it advisory. They want Democrats to ignore the ruling and to use their control over the chamber to declare that immigration is allowed within the budget.

This would allow for a broader amnesty, but it would also end the tradition of deferring the parliamentarian and deepen the already ugly political divisions on Capitol Hill.

The House Democrats’ bill retains provisions that would greatly increase legal immigration.

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