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Biden Backs Democrats Advancing Immigration Changes Unilaterally

  • July 30, 2021

Mr. Biden met on Thursday with Democratic lawmakers to discuss a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, that protects some immigrants, known as Dreamers, from deportation. Advocates have pushed for Democrats to provide expedited citizenship to Dreamers, amid legal challenges to DACA.

“It went very well,” Mr. Biden said of the meeting, which included members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and leadership of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees.

The president spoke to reporters en route to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with his wife, Jill Biden, who was to undergo a medical procedure on her foot.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi last month endorsed the idea of using reconciliation to push through an immigration measure, citing the “budget impacts of immigration in our country.”

Republicans, however, have already called it an abuse of the reconciliation process and raised questions about whether the parliamentarian would even allow immigration legislation to advance under a procedure that is intended to deal exclusively with budget rules.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/29/us/politics/biden-immigration-reconciliation.html

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