© Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden meets with labor leaders on the White House in Washington
By Ted Hesson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats on Thursday formally launched President Joe Biden’s sweeping immigration invoice in Congress, a measure that would supply a path to U.S. citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants within the nation illegally, however which faces lengthy odds to passage.
The invoice would significantly enhance each family-based and employment-based authorized immigration and permit sure beforehand deported immigrants to use to return for humanitarian causes. Key parts of the laws have been first unveiled in January.
The 353-page invoice takes an aggressive pro-immigration strategy. It has not acquired public help from Republicans, a lot of whom are nonetheless below the sway of former President Donald Trump, an immigration hardliner, making it unlikely that will probably be enacted.
Democrats maintain a majority within the House of Representatives, however the Senate is cut up 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris because the tie-breaking vote. Democrats would want to win over 10 Senate Republicans to keep away from a “filibuster,” a procedural hurdle that may delay or block laws from coming to a vote.
“We know the path forward will demand negotiations with others, but we are not going to make concessions out of the gate,” Senator Robert Menendez, who would be the lead sponsor of the invoice within the Senate, mentioned on a name with reporters. “We will never win an argument that we don’t have the courage to make.”
Menendez mentioned he had spoken with some Republican senators who’re inquisitive about elements of the laws, however declined to call the lawmakers. Democrats would contemplate any avenue to perform immigration reform, together with utilizing a procedural transfer to cross a invoice within the Senate with solely 51 votes, he added.
Democrats are concurrently pushing forward with a number of smaller-scale immigration payments, together with a measure that might supply a path to citizenship to so-called “Dreamer” immigrants dwelling within the United States illegally after coming into as youngsters.
“I salute the president for putting forth the legislation that he did,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mentioned on Thursday throughout a separate information convention. “There are others that want to do piecemeal and that may be a good approach, too.”
Some Republican senators have already expressed opposition to main provisions of the Biden invoice.
Representative John Katko, the highest Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, criticized the laws in a press release on Thursday, calling it an “unserious effort” that fails to safe U.S. borders or shut “loopholes” within the authorized immigration system.
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