Three members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) are lobbying moderate Democrats in the last hours before the first vote on the social spending package, seeking to include a more ambitious immigration plan than the one currently in the text of the bill.
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House Democrats Wednesday dropped the language of the bill, which includes an immigration parole option, which would allow two five-year waivers for undocumented immigrants in the country from before 2011, allowing them to live and work in the United States.
But immigration activists have criticized the parole option because it does not provide permanent residence, and with it a legal path to citizenship, as a treacherous non-permanent status that could be subject to revocation by executive order or court action.
Advocates want Congress to include a change in the registration date, essentially a statute of limitations for undocumented immigrants, that would allow any immigrant in the country before a certain date to apply for permanent residence.
The three friends, all of whom made their vote conditional on the Build Back Better (BBB) bill to include immigration provisions, have not agreed to vote for the bill as it currently stands.
“If the record was on the bill, I would vote for BBB and [infrastructure bill] together, of course, ”Garcia said.
“If not, then I have taken the position that I have taken. I have to wait to see if there is anything left in [the bill] that’s an acceptable reform. “
The last-minute lobbying push comes after the three friends led a push within the CHC to formalize the group’s support for the registration option, and after a lengthy meeting with the Spokesperson. Nancy pelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money – Presented by Citi – Pelosi plays hard with Manchin Overnight Health Care – Biden urges parents to vaccinate children House outlines immigration provisions in latest Build Back Better packet MORE (D-Calif.) Wednesday, where he set the narrow margins to expand the language on immigration.
“She was very frank. She knows her caucus and she is not in an easy place, but she said we have a lot of work to persuade our colleagues to vote for the registration proposal,” Garcia said.
“Obviously worth a try,” he added.
The bill is due to be flagged by the Rules Committee on Thursday afternoon, and the House could vote on it later on Thursday or Friday.
Once that process is underway, the Democratic leadership is unlikely to pass any major changes, risking passage of a bill that it has already delayed twice.
Much of the reluctance of some progressive and moderate Democrats to vote for the registration proposal is the fact that the Senate MP has already declared that idea incompatible with reconciliation procedures.
Democrats are pushing the BBB plan without any Republican support, and they need to use reconciliation to avoid Republican obstructionism.
To do so successfully, Democrats need the unanimous support of their Senate caucus, and moderates in that chamber have said they will not support the recall of the MP, an unelected official who gives advisory opinions on Senate rules.
Still, the four members of the CHC Senate asked the three friends to go ahead to include the registration date change in the final House reconciliation bill.
“They feel that once he is in the Senate, they can participate in the negotiations necessary to be successful. When a negotiation begins, it does not begin with the final result, it begins with a position that is as solid as possible,” Garcia said. .
It is unclear which path the CHC Senate contingent would take to engage in those negotiations, as a push to override the MP could jeopardize the entire bill, but the Senate’s two top Democrats, the Majority Leader Chuck schumerChuck SchumerSchumer Hints at Obstruction Reform After GOP Blocked Voting Rights Bill The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Political Earthquake Shakes Virginia; New Jersey is too close to call the first openly lesbian judge confirmed in federal circuit court MORE (NY) and Whip Dick durbinDick Durbin Democrats press panic button after Virginia Durbin collapse calls for investigation into Chicago shelter for Afghan children Democrats pressure Bureau of Prisons director over staff shortages MORE (Ill.) They have been personally involved in pushing the issue.
In October, 92 jurists He asked Senate leaders to completely bypass the parliamentarian by having the president of the body issue a binding opinion on the compatibility of the immigration plan with reconciliation.
Still, immigration has been far from the most controversial topic in the negotiations to draft the spending bill, in part because it is slated to cost a relatively paltry $ 100 billion, compared to the full price of $ 1. , 75 billion.
That made it easier to reach out to moderates, according to Garcia and others involved in the last-minute effort.
“We did not find a strong resistance or objection to this,” he said.
“The fact that BBB is so large affects so many areas of people’s lives,” Garcia added, “immigration provisions are such a small part that we are finding that it is not the most important thing.”