Joe Biden told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that he plans to jam total amnesty for illegal immigrants through Congress with a simple Democratic majority. Both Republicans and Democrats have used said tactic – budget reconciliation – to bypass the required majority needed to pass bills.
“He said he was committed to making those statements publicly,” Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) revealed.
The Hispanic Caucus met with Biden at the White House earlier this week.
Rep. Soto told reporters that Biden plans to announce his plan for total amnesty during a planned Congressional address later this month.
Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Raul Ruiz reiterated Biden’s plan, saying, “The President supports a pathway to citizenship through budget reconciliation.”
In a readout of the meeting, the White House claimed Biden discussed “immigration reform and a humanitarian response at the border.”
The Senate parliamentarian would have to approve of budget reconciliation if Biden hopes to pass amnesty through a simple Democrat majority – which has proved difficult in the past. A refusal from the parliamentarian would likely narrow any amnesty options for any future budget reconciliation package.
Earlier this year, the Senate parliamentarian ruled against the Democrats $15 minimum wage measure in their multi-trillion dollar COVID stimulus package, saying such budgetary changes would need Republican support.
Author: Nolan Sheridan