Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) instructed members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that he’s “actively exploring” methods to grant citizenship to tens of millions of unlawful immigrants by way of price range reconciliation, two folks conversant in the discussions instructed the New York Times.
Passing such laws by way of price range reconciliation rules would require a easy majority vote within the Senate, fairly than the filibuster-proof threshold of 60 votes required for many laws. Schumer is reportedly contemplating passing the citizenship invoice together with President Biden’s infrastructure invoice by way of reconciliation, ought to negotiations over a standalone immigration invoice break down.
However, it’s unclear whether or not the move would obtain approval of the Senate parliamentarian, who interprets and arbitrates Senate rules and procedures. Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas) was skeptical that the parliamentarian would permit laws to legalize undocumented immigrants to cross by way of price range reconciliation.
“I think they’re dreaming; I don’t think the parliamentarian will allow that. That’s not really the purpose of reconciliation,” Cornyn instructed the Times.
Cornyn additionally emphasised that “before we can do anything meaningful on immigration, we’re going to have to deal with the current crisis at the border.”
Sources conversant in Schumer’s pondering imagine he’ll argue that there’s precedent for utilizing the process to vary immigration coverage. Republicans, together with Cornyn, supported the use price range reconciliation to reclaim unused visas in 2005, though that was a extra restricted motion that what Schumer can be proposing on this case.
Members of the Hispanic Caucus have beforehand acknowledged that the president is open to passing immigration reform by way of price range reconciliation if Democrats don’t obtain GOP help.
Biden typically “supports passing certain immigration reforms by reconciliation if we can’t get the 10 Republican votes,” Representative Darren Soto (D., Fla.) instructed Politico in mid-April.
Biden launched his immigration invoice in January, calling to legalize roughly 11 million migrants presently residing within the U.S.