While the Democratic majority in the House and Senate may be a slim one, it is a huge advantage for President Biden in his effort to dramatically alter the nation’s immigration system. In this honeymoon period, Democrats in Congress have been proven to be loyal partners in moving forward an agenda packed with measures to normalize illegal immigration and absorb more foreign nationals into the workforce to the detriment of American workers.
Not missing a beat, President Biden sent his mass amnesty outline to Congress within hours of taking the oath of office and by mid-February, Democrats in Congress had put into legislative text the largest amnesty proposal in history.
The U.S. Citizenship Act, which was introduced in the House and Senate on February 18, is a massive measure that leaves no illegal alien behind. It is 353-pages in length, has a 66-page summary and includes five sections that deal with different parts of the immigration system with two notable exceptions – border security and asylum reform. The US Citizenship Act gives more than 14.5 million illegal aliens a pathway to citizenship by creating a “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” (LPI) status for all but the most violent of felons. A full FAIR analysis of the bill can be found HERE.
The massive amnesty is going to be hard sell to constituents for any but the most radical members, so is unlikely to pass in its current form. But congressional Democrats and their allies at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue are intent on getting as much of it through by breaking it into smaller amnesties and illegal alien benefits packages.
For example, in March the House passed two bills – the American Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which combined would amnesty approximately 4.5 million illegal aliens.
The American Dream and Promise Act passed on a near party-line 228-197 vote, while the farmworker bill garnered more Republican votes and passed by a 247-174 vote. An analysis of both measures can be found HERE.
Pro-amnesty politicians even tried to sneak into the last pandemic relief bill an amnesty for illegal alien workers. On April 13, a group of liberal House and Senate Democrats wrote a letter asking President Biden to “prioritize the inclusion of H.R. 1909 / S. 747, the Citizenship for Essential Workers Act, which would create a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrant essential workers,” as part of the most recent COVID-19 relief spending measure.
The bill, according to a fact sheet from one of its sponsors, Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas, would offer a path to citizenship to 5.2 million illegal alien workers. The sponsors define “essential” so broadly as to include people working in retail, house cleaners and janitors, and even laundromat operations. Also covered by the proposed amnesty are those who lost their jobs due to the pandemic and illegal alien relatives of an essential worker who died from COVID-19. As Castro boasts, it represents “the broadest stand-alone pathway to citizenship proposed by Congress for any specific group of immigrant workers.”
The notion that these measures would garner any time and energy to a single immigration measure not related to the border crisis amounts to dereliction of duty. The situation at the border is worsening, American workers are struggling to adjust to a post-pandemic labor landscape that will see some sectors vanish and the education system left in disarray, but Congress has time to spend on multiple amnesties?
Well, it would seem that to President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris that the priority is not solving problems, but creating more.
In concluding its April 20 Statement of Administration Policy, which was issued in support for the Access to Counsel Act, the Biden administration states, “Beyond the passage of H.R. 1573, the Administration also urges the Congress to reform other aspects of our immigration system by passing the U.S. Citizenship Act, which would provide a path to citizenship to millions of undocumented immigrants, establish a new system to responsibly manage and secure our border, bring long overdue visa reforms to keep families together and grow our economy, and address the root causes of instability and unsafe conditions causing migration from Central America.”
The Democratic Party’s full mass immigration agenda leads one to wonder whether the administration and its allies in Congress even want to fix the crisis at the border, or whether the chaos they have is part of their plan to collapse our immigration enforcement system entirely.
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