The House of Representatives will take up two immigration-related bills this week including one that will give so-called ‘DREAMers’ a path to citizenship.
The second bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for farm workers who are living in the country illegally.
This week, the House of Representatives will take up a bill that will give DREAMers a pathway to citizenship
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi found earlier this month that President Joe Biden’s larger immigration package didn’t have enough Democratic votes to pass
Until then, they’ll pass the two stand-alone bills, which passed in the last Congress as well, so to kickstart negotiations in the Senate.
In the upper chamber, where 60 votes will be needed for an immigration bill to pass, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin and ranking member, Sen. Lindsey Graham, introduced a version of the DREAM Act.
DREAMers are undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
On inauguration day, Biden signed an executive order fortifying DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
There are currently not enough Republican votes in the Senate for passage.
GOP lawmakers have expressed that immigration may be the issue area that helps them win back the House next year.
On Monday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy took a group to El Paso, Texas to highlight the number of migrants trying to come into the U.S. since the administration changed from President Donald Trump – an immigration hardliner – to Biden, whose White House has promised a more empathetic approach.
A crush of unaccompanied children coming into the U.S. has strained resources and left kids in Customs and Border Protection custody longer than the 72 hours they’re supposed to stay – before heading to facilities run by Health and Human Services.
Over the weekend, the Biden administration called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support the effort to shelter the children.
Pelosi’s office slammed McCarthy’s border trip as a ploy to take attention away from the American Rescue Plan, which Biden signed last Thursday after it passed Congress with zero Republican votes.
‘It’s no wonder McCarthy is trying to change the channel,’ an email from Pelosi’s office to reporters read Monday, highlighting the positive coverage the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue package received in McCarthy’s California district.
Polling shows, however, that Americans believe Biden has work to do when it comes to immigration.
While 62 per cent of American adults approved of the job Biden was doing, according
Fifty-two per cent of survey respondents said Biden was doing a good job on immigration, while 48 per cent disapproved.