Senate Democrats are working on the final details of a new plan to get Senate’s top aide, lawyer Elizabeth McDonough, to agree to add a path to legal protection. Undocumented immigrants In the 2022 Expenditure Budget Reconciliation Package.
But unlike the first two attempts, with Green Card and later naturalization through citizenship, Plan C is less generous: it will protect 8 million undocumented immigrants from deportation – a deferred deportation measure similar to the DACA and a renewable work permit for them.
“They are making the final touches to the new plan,” said a congressional source familiar with the talks, but who has no authority to speak to reporters.
“The leadership will continue to seek positive feedback from the Senate Adviser’s Office to advance the reconciliation issue,” he said.
The postponed deportation operation will benefit the same four groups in Plans A and B that were rejected by McDonnell in September, namely dreamers (undocumented youth who entered the United States before reaching their 16th birthday), who hold security status. (TPS), essential workers (in the health and food chain area) and field workers.
The Center for Immigration, in collaboration with the Senate, explained the details of Plan C in the development of a plan to add undocumented persons to the Reconciliation Package.
“Unlike the first two, Plan C is based on current immigration laws,” said Leah Barada, the organization’s director of legislative affairs.
“This is a temporary residence permit like the DACA or DBS issued by Congress, which will have stronger protections than would be done by a presidential executive action,” he explained.
“These permits will come with security valid for 5 years,” Barada said, adding that in the first five years, pro-immigrants will be ineligible for certain public benefits, such as medical insurance.
“But by law, they will qualify for a second 5-year protection period,” Barada said.
Regarding the number of projects that can be offered to the Senate’s top adviser, Barada said there are usually three formal presentations, “so far only one is happening in mid-September.”
The second plan (B) was issued informally during a meeting with representatives of both parties to request additional information from the consultant.
“Project C will also be carried out in the framework of the informal meeting,” Barada said. “We will continue to look for a way to convince her and give her a positive opinion, taking into account all existing rules and including her in the reconciliation package,” he said.
At the end of the consultation period, the Immigration Center hopes that Democrats will finally get approval to include immigration in the budget approval process.
Plan A includes a compromise package of bills approved by the House of Representatives on March 18, including the path to legalize the 8 million undocumented persons of the four groups mentioned.
McDonough’s office concluded in a statement that the adjustment to the Democrats’ demand would “increase the deficit by $ 140 billion in 10 years as a result of the Social Security Web and the benefits of legal permanent residents.” OK “.
He added, “These applicants include ineligible conditions and exemptions from many of those ineligible candidates at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).”
Plan B changed the date of the Registration Act, a law approved by Congress to allow certain undocumented aliens in the United States to apply for legal permanent residency without a criminal record and of good character. (LPR or Green Card).
The idea was to move the idea forward to 2010, but McDonough rejected it, saying the initiative was similar to the first plan.
Organizations and activists fighting for the rights of immigrants lashed out at Plan C and were disappointed with the new initiative.
Francisco Moreno, director of the Mexican Federation of Los Angeles (California), said the plan was “absolutely absurd.” “This position of democratic leadership is absurd,” he added.
“We do not believe it’s a DPS solution for another DPS, it’s a link to play another patch,” he said as he learned the details of the program.
“We fought for inclusive immigration reform. We now look very badly at wanting to put something on the table to make it semi-legal to help our community,” he said.
In turn, Matt Adams, legal director of the Northwest Immigration Rights Program in Seattle (Washington), said the plan shows “a bad situation” for democratic leadership.
“The first two options have already been rejected and they believe they can not achieve much. Deleting services will give them a better chance. I think, of course, this is not the best option, but maybe they only have it,” he concluded.
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