Nearly half of all House Democrats on Monday asked their Senate colleagues to increase immigration protections in the Build Back Better Act (BBB) passed by the House before the upper house votes on it.
In a letter headed by the Democratic representative Jesús García (Ill.), Lou CorreaJose (Lou) Luis CorreaHistorical immigration reform included in spending bill passed by the Chamber Immigrant advocates publish ‘Path to Citizenship in Five Steps’ The Chamber sets Friday’s votes for Biden’s agenda MORE (California), Adriano EspaillatAdriano de Jesus Espaillat CabralHistorical immigration reform included in spending bill passed by the House of Representatives Immigrant advocates publish ‘Pathway to Citizenship in Five Steps’ Immigration Holdouts make one last effort to obtain green cards in reconciliation MORE (NY), Grace mengGrace Meng State Democratic group joins federal lawmakers in picking negative-voting candidates Democrats say Republican lawmakers implicated Jan. 6 should be expelled Evacuation flights from Afghanistan resume after pause MORE (NY) and Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez on Virginia gubernatorial race: ‘We weren’t welcome to present’ Ocasio-Cortez: spending plan must be approved soon or it will be ‘difficult’ for Democratic leaders ‘to get votes on anything’ Democrats should be about votes, not megaphones MORE (NY), members urged Senate leaders to reestablish a path to citizenship in the Senate version of President BidenJoe BidenBiden will speak on the economy on Tuesday, with the Fed election looming, the NAACP chair calling Rittenhouse’s verdict ‘a warning shot that vigilante justice is allowed’ Optimistic Democrats as the bill from social spending goes to the Senate MOREthe emblematic social spending and climate change bill.
“The House version of the BBB Act limits relief for certain undocumented persons to a five-year probation status, yet another form of temporary suspension. We are now writing to urge you and the rest of our colleagues in the Senate to reestablish a path to citizenship for dreamers, TPS [temporary protected status] incumbents, farm workers and essential workers in the Senate version of the reconciliation bill, “the lawmakers wrote.
Garcia, Correa and Espaillat were dubbed “the three friends” for their push to include a path to citizenship in the House version of the nearly $ 2 billion spending bill.
His pleas were rejected, despite the fact that no Democrat publicly spoke out against the stronger immigration protections in the bill.
Ultimately, the version passed by the House included a parole option, which would grant 6.5 million foreign nationals temporary parole status that would grant them five-year work and travel permits, but not permanent residence, the first path to citizenship.
“Although this bill provides urgent help to undocumented immigrants, it falls short of the path to citizenship that I have been fighting for and that immigrants deserve,” Garcia said.
“It means families separated for decades can finally be reunited, workers can speak out against abuses without fear of retaliation, and immigrants can wake up every morning with some peace of mind,” he added.
While the bill passed by the House would enact the broadest immigration benefits in 35 years, it falls short of the legalization promises given by Democrats, including Biden, in the election campaign.
The three friends and their allies in the Senate – Sens. Dick durbinDick DurbinSchumer-McConnell Reduced Debt Ceiling Drama Overnight Defense & National Security – Presented by Boeing – Senate Criticizes Defense Bill Historic Immigration Reform Included in House-Passed Spending Bill MORE (D-Ill.), Bob Menéndez (DN.J.), Alex padillaAlex PadillaHistorical immigration reform included in spending bill passed by House Democrats step up filibuster talks after setback in voting rights House outlines immigration provisions in latest Build Back Better package MORE (D-Calif.), Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez Masto: The landmark immigration reform included in the House Spending Bill passed from Cook’s Political Report shifts three Senate races to Republicans. (D-Nev.) And Ben Ray Luján (DN.M.) – called for a broader reform while the content of the BBB bill was negotiated.
The Senate MP rejected two immigration plans that included permanent residency for millions, and has yet to review the parole plan approved by the House.
To pass BBB without needing the support of the Republican Senate, Democrats are using the reconciliation process, which requires a bill to comply with strict rules, and the MP in each house is tasked with giving advisory opinions on compliance with a bill with those rules.
Grassroots immigrant advocates, who asked Democrats to support the three friends, brought the case for the Senate to push for legal permanent residency despite the MP’s objections.
Now, nearly half of the Democratic group in the House of Representatives is pushing Senate leaders in the same direction, building on Democrats’ campaign promises to immigrant communities to legislate a path to citizenship.
“Keeping our promise or not is a matter of political will. We understand that the Senate MP has issued a memorandum dismissing, despite evidence to the contrary, the budgetary impact of providing a path to citizenship. But the role of the MP is of an advisory nature, and the opinion of the parliamentarian is not binding, “wrote the members.
The letter signed by 91 members, including the president of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Representative Pramilya Jayapal (D-Wash.) And the president of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Representative Raúl Ruiz (D-Calif.), Follows the advice of immigrant rights groups and legal academics, who for weeks have advised congressional Democrats to ignore the views of MPs on the matter.
“As this bill goes to the Senate, we must fight to make sure we don’t waste this once-in-a-generation opportunity. The Senate must establish a path to citizenship and ultimately provide dreamers, TPS holders, farmworkers and essential workers with the stability and recognition they deserve, “said Ocasio-Cortez.