Schumer Prepares Backup Plan to Give Millions Citizenship

Schumer Prepares Backup Plan to Give Millions Citizenship

( – Joe Biden effectively took a sledgehammer to Donald Trump’s border security measures leading to a massive crisis at the border. Meanwhile, it seems Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) might throw the president’s promise of bipartisanship out the window in order to push immigration reform through the Senate.

On May 3, the New York Times reported that Schumer was working on a backup plan to push through a measure granting a pathway to citizenship to millions of immigrants, including DACA recipients if he can’t reach an agreement with the GOP. He reportedly told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus he was considering attaching the bill to Biden’s infrastructure bill.

That would theoretically allow Democrats to use a Senate tool called budget reconciliation to pass the measure by a simple majority vote. Otherwise, they would have to get at least 10 Republicans to vote for the legislation to overcome a filibuster to advance the bill.

Several Republicans support the idea of a pathway to citizenship. However, as Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) pointed out, Congress needs to “deal with the current crisis at the border” before doing anything “meaningful” regarding immigration. Further, he doesn’t think that the Senate rules would even allow the Left to attach the measure to the infrastructure bill. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) also indicated that the Senate needs to work on the border crisis first.

Both sides agree immigration needs to be addressed. However, Republicans recognize that the mounting crisis at the border needs to be corrected first. Maybe then they will be able to come to a mutual agreement on a larger reform bill.

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