As per The Washington Post, President Biden is all set to push an immigration overhaul while he addresses Congress for the first time on Wednesday. It is expected that Biden will ask for his ‘ambitious’ immigration bill to be passed which was introduced in February which will allow millions of immigrants that are undocumented to obtain citizenship. As per this legislation, immigrants such as farmworkers, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients will be eligible to obtain citizenship on a fast track path.
As per The Post, Biden will “use his address to a joint session of Congress to push for more targeted legislation” which has been passed by the House and the Republicans have also supported it. The Dream and Promise Act, which protects temporary status holders and DACA recipients has passed with nine Republicans voting for it. 30 Republicans supported and helped pass The Farm Workforce Modernization Act. The public has happily supported both these bills.
As per NBC journalist Sahil Kapur, Senate minority leaders have been trying to block these legislations by wanting to talk about securing the border first. He tweeted, “Mitch McConnell, asked if he favors a standalone bill to protect Dreamers: ‘Everybody is sympathetic with the DACA issue,’ he says, but he ‘can’t imagine that we would take up an immigration bill … without insistence on our part that we address the obvious crisis at the border.”
Frank Sharry who is an executive director on America’s Voice tweeted, “The same argument for 15 yrs. Starting to suspect he and his GOP colleagues are not operating in good faith! Biden wants to legalize millions. McConnell and McCarthy want to use immigration as a wedge issue. Bipartisanship? Fuggedaboutit. Include in infrastructure bill thru reconciliation? Let’s do it.” He has also requested the President to work on passing permanent relief without the aide of Republicans.
Many bicameral legislators are pressing President Joe to pass this legislation by reconciling, it has been noted that “Speaker Pelosi has already indicated her support for including immigration legislation in legislative packages advanced through budget reconciliation given the clear ‘case about the budget implications of immigration.’”
The Post reported, “To make his sell, especially to skeptical Republicans, Biden will outline how immigrants play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy and competitive economy, the official said.” Joint Economic Committee (JEC) and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) shared a report that said, “Historically, immigrants’ employment rates rebound more quickly from recessions, making them integral to a speedy recovery as their earnings fuel spending and further growth. In the Great Recession, foreign-born workers were hard hit—losing over a million jobs. However, within a year, foreign-born worker employment returned to pre-recession levels relative to native-born workers.”
In 2010, The American Immigration Council had said, “Immigration reform would increase U.S. GDP by at least 0.84 percent. This would translate into at least a $1.5 trillion cumulative increase in GDP over 10 years, which includes approximately $1.2 trillion in consumption and $256 billion in investment.”