House Outlines Immigration Provisions in Latest Build Back Better Package

The latest version of the House of Representatives’ $ 1.75 trillion social spending package includes immigration provisions that would grant up to 10 years of work authorization to undocumented people living in the United States, an effort to comply with the rules. of the Senate that have finished with two previous plans.

The Build Back Better package released by the House on Wednesday does not provide a path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million undocumented already living in the US.

Instead, it relies on a process known as parole to waive immigration requirements for five years for those who have been living in the US prior to 2011. Once approved, beneficiaries can apply for a five-year extension. , allowing them to stay in the country until the end of 2031.

It is an attempt to appeal to the Senate MP, who twice rejected more expansive immigration proposals, arguing that they did not meet budget rules that allow the measure to circumvent Republican obstructionism.

“It is our best option to surpass the parliamentarian”, president of the Judicial Power of the Chamber Jerrold nadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerOvernight Energy & Environment – Presented by American Clean Power – Democrats prepare to question oil executives Merkley, Warren and Markey sound the alarm about the provision of ‘dirty’ hydrogen in the climate agreement All eyes positions in Garland after Bannon’s contempt vote MORE (DN.Y.) said.

But it leaves open the question of whether House Democrats will be able to win the backing of those who have lobbied for stronger and weaker immigration provisions.

According to a source familiar with the conversation, the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy pelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money – Presented by Citi – Democrats get closer to a deal on Biden’s agenda Moderate Democrats push for scores before voting on Biden’s package Democrats on cusp of broad deal on Biden’s agenda MORE (D-Calif.) He stifled any idea that the immigration language would go beyond what the Rules Committee released Wednesday.

That would nullify any attempt to insert a registration date change provision, providing a kind of statute of limitations for those who entered the US.

It would also block any more ambitious immigration proposals, a puzzling concept for those who argue that the House is negotiating against itself in trying to anticipate what could be blocked in the Senate.

“The responsibility for what happens next rests with the Senate. We should not be doing all the lifting, throwing things away, eliminating things in a perceived problem in the Senate or in an adverse situation of perceived risk here, ”said Representative Raúl Grijalva (DD-Ariz.), Member of the Hispanic Congress Caucus (CHC ).

Also in question is the draft law’s silence on whether parolees should also be able to access other social services, overturning a provision that would have expressly blocked parolees from receiving such services.

“There are a lot of moderate Democrats who have a problem. They are fine for granting work permits to people. It’s okay for people to move, but they have a profit problem. Personally, I think if you ask my constituents or if you want to give benefits to the illegals, they will say no, ”Representative Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), another CHC member, told The Hill.

Grijalva said the Republicans’ victory in the Virginia gubernatorial race may have also put people on alert.

“I understand that some people are concerned about this and I feel like their concerns are now magnified after Virginia. They believe that this is the benchmark of all time, ”he said.

“We have to look at it in two ways, don’t you want to do anything about it? [immigration]? I don’t think we can get away with it either. ”

Rep. Chuy Garcia (D-Ill.), One of three lawmakers who met with Pelosi about the bill on Wednesday shortly before the text was published, said the broader provisions of the bill should suffice. to ensure your support regardless of any immigration concerns. .

“We know there is a concern among members who, you know, represent Trump districts or an indecisive district. So that’s understandable, ”he said. “In the grand scheme of things, this is a huge bill that affects people in many ways. When all of that is considered, immigration reform is a small part of it. I think that will be a perspective that, hopefully, will prevail. “

But in the Senate, some leaders apparently encouraged the House to be more aggressive.

“Last week we were encouraged when the House included provisions to provide a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. And today, we strongly urge Senate and House leaders to act boldly and continue to fight for the broadest possible legal protections to fully unleash the economic power of the undocumented community, ”Sens said. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) Menendez Republicans express concern over Biden’s nominee for ambassador to Germany Biden sparks high-stakes fight over spending framework Why is Trump undermining his administration’s historic China policies? PLUS (DN.J.), Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoHillicon Valley – Feds Targeting Groups Critical to National Security Democratic Senator Introduces Data Privacy Legislation Infrastructure Bill Boosts First Responders, Wildland Firefighters MORE (D-Nev.), Ben ray lujanBen Ray LujanPaul and Booker introduce bill to end FDA animal testing mandates Democrats urge CTOs to combat Spanish misinformation Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package MORE (DN.M.) and Alex padillaAlex Padilla Senate Democrats Call for Diversity Among New Federal Reserve Bank Presidents Republican Party Blocks Senate Democrats’ Revised Election Bill Progressives Reject Decision to Reduce Biden’s Paid Family Leave Program MORE (D-Calif.) He said in a statement.

“That is the only way we can better rebuild and transform the lives of millions of working people and their families.”

The bill includes visa recovery, preserving some 222,000 unused family visas and approximately 157,000 employment-based visas that would otherwise expire.

Probation provisions, even without a path to citizenship, would still provide temporary status, much like that given to Dreamers under President ObamaBarack Hussein Obama LIVE COVERAGE: Youngkin Wins Virginia; New Jersey gubernatorial race in tie Kal Penn says he was mocked by the Obamas for running for a White House job via the website Biden’s Policies Are Creating Jobs – For Robots MORE. Some could likely secure other paths to citizenship or residency during the 10-year period outlined in the bill.

Some advocacy groups applauded the immigration provisions of the legislation even though they are less ambitious than previous Senate proposals.

“The immigration relief that provides work permits and protections against deportation would transform the lives of millions of families who have lived, worked and contributed to this country for at least a decade. It would allow people who have lived in this country for an average of 20 years basic freedoms, such as the ability to work, the security of staying with their families, and the opportunity to visit loved ones abroad. ”Todd Schulte, president of Fwd.Us said in a statement.

“While it falls short of the explicit path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants that we know is necessary and will continue to fight to achieve it, this would be the most important immigration measure passed by Congress in decades.”

Rafael Bernal contributed.

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