The Senate parliamentarian denied the Democrats’ dream of including amnesty for illegal immigrants into their $3.5 trillion spending bill. The parliamentarian ruled that removing existing barriers requiring beneficiaries to be lawful private residents “substantially outweighs the budgetary impact of that change.”
Politico received a copy of the decision, which stated that the Democrats’ “current proposal would waive the relevant sections of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and create a new class of alien who is eligible for adjustment of status.”
The Senate parliamentarian stated that the amendments included by the Democrats would create a new category of people living in the United States called “essential critical infrastructure workers.”
The decision called the Democrats’ provisions, “by any standard, a broad, new immigration policy.” The ruling stated that the changes to who is eligible for benefits like SSI benefits and food stamps in the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) never changed the status of an immigrant.
The parliamentarian called the Democrats amendments “a far cry” from amending who is eligible for benefits to remove all legal barriers for millions of illegal immigrants.
I am deeply disappointed in the Parliamentarian’s decision tonight, but the fight for immigration reform will continue. Senate Democrats have prepared an alternative proposal for the Parliamentarian’s consideration in the coming days.
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) September 20, 2021
Democrat Senator Dick Durbin said he was “deeply disappointed in the Parliamentarian’s decision” to deny the Democrats their amnesty wish but promised, “the fight for immigration reform will continue.”
“Senate Democrats have prepared an alternative proposal for the parliamentarian’s consideration in the coming days,” assured Sen. Durbin.
Our country's immigration system has been broken for too long, & reform is desperately needed. Although the Senate Parliamentarian's decision is deeply disappointing, this is not over. Senate Democrats are exploring other approaches. We will keep fighting.https://t.co/gNZbQLcjdy
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) September 20, 2021
Progressive Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren echoed Durbin’s words, tweeting, “the Senate Parliamentarian’s decision is deeply disappointing.”
“Our country’s immigration system has been broken for too long, [and] reform is desperately needed,” Warren said. She promised that “Senate Democrats are exploring other approaches.” She said, “This is not over… We will keep fighting.”
We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide lawful status for immigrants in budget reconciliation continues.
We will continue fighting to pursue the best path forward to grant them the ability to obtain lawful status.
My statement: pic.twitter.com/5VZjx0D6JT
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 20, 2021
Almost as if all the Democrats have the same statement, writer, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer also conveyed that he was “deeply disappointed in this decision” by the Senate parliamentarian. He promised that “Senate Democrats have prepared alternate proposals and will be holding additional meetings with the Senate parliamentarian in the coming days.”
Democrats call illegal aliens “Human Infrastructure” but the Senate parliamentarian says including amnesty is not within the budget reconciliation rules the Democrats are trying to exploit to avoid the 60 vote requirement in the Senate.https://t.co/9Ick4UjWje
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) September 20, 2021
Republican Representative Thomas Massie said this move by the parliamentarian would make the Democrats desperate to do away with the filibuster. The filibuster is the only “true” blockade the Republicans have while the Democrats control the White House and Congress. “Democrats call illegal aliens “Human Infrastructure” but the Senate parliamentarian says including amnesty is not within the budget reconciliation rules the Democrats are trying to exploit to avoid the 60 vote requirement in the Senate,” Rep. Massie stated.
- Virginia Attorney General Files Motion To Dismiss Case Against Youngkin’s Anti-Mandate EO - January 21, 2022
- Are M&M’s Woke? Exec Says The Company Is Making The Candy Characters More ‘Inclusive’ - January 21, 2022
- Voting Rights Bill DOA As Republicans Defeat Democrats’ Attempt To Change Filibuster Rules - January 20, 2022