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Politics Ilhan Omar pushes Dems to IGNORE ruling on path to citizenship

23:20  20 september  2021
23:20  20 september  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Rep. Ilhan Omar on Sunday urged Democrats to ignore the Senate parliamentarian's ruling that lawmakers could not tack on a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants to their $3.5T budget reconciliation package.

Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, the nonpartisan interpreter of the Senate's complex rule system, determined Sunday night that Democrats could not pass amnesty legislation through reconciliation, which would allow them to pass it with a simple majority and bypass the filibuster, because that process is restricted to budget matters.

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'This ruling by the parliamentarian, is only a recommendation. @SenSchumer and the @WhiteHouse can and should ignore it,' Omar, D-Minn., wrote on Twitter. 'We can't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to do the right thing.'

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'We can't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to do the right thing.'

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MacDonough, a one-time immigration lawyer, ruled that the provision was not allowed because its budget impact was only incidental to its policy change.

She said the provision was 'a policy change that substantially outweighs the budgetary impact of that change,' as it could impact the immigration status of 8 million people. She added that it would raise the deficit by an estimated $140 billion over 10 years, due in large part to the benefits migrants would then qualify for.

The rejected provisions would open multiyear doorways to legal permanent residence - and perhaps citizenship - for young immigrants brought illegally to the country as children, often called 'Dreamers.'

Also included would be immigrants with Temporary Protected Status who have fled countries stricken by natural disasters or extreme violence; essential workers and farm workers.

MacDonough said the language 'is by any standard a broad, new immigration policy.'

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Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., added that Democrats were 'deeply disappointed' in the ruling.

'We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide lawful status for immigrants in budget reconciliation continues,' Schumer said in a statement. 'Senate Democrats have prepared alternate proposals and will be holding additional meetings with the Senate parliamentarian in the coming days.'

White House spokesperson Vedant Patel called the parliamentarian´s decision disappointing but said senators would offer new immigration ideas.

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Without reconciliation, Democrats would need to court 10 Republicans to pass their bill.

Republicans have already signaled they will use immigration as a cudgel to hit Democrats with in the upcoming midterms, as the migrant crisis at the southern border reaches unprecedented highs and border officials struggle to process and house all those coming through.

Border apprehensions were over 200,000 again in August for the second month in a row at 208,887, or a 317% increase over last August.

MacDonough, appointed by Democrats in 2012, has frustrated the party before, in February issuing guidance that prevented Democrats from including $15 minimum wage legislation in a coronavirus relief package.

The parliamentarian ruled in June that Democrats could use reconciliation to bypass the filibuster one more time in 2021, prompting leadership to try to squeeze a slew of policy priorities into the budget blueprint.

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