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Titus, Horsford reiterate call for Senate to diss parliamentarian’s immigration rulings

By: - November 23, 2021 12:47 pm
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“Whether we keep our promises or not is a question of political will,” reads a letter sent by members of the House to Senate leaders. (Photo by Kyle Mills on Unsplash)

Legislation passed by House Democrats as part of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better social spending bill doesn’t include a pathway to citizenship for immigrants, a move Nevada Democratic Reps. Dina Titus and Steven Horsford criticized in a letter.

The letter, signed by several Democratic House members, was sent to Senate leadership Monday urging that chamber to reinsert a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS holders, farm workers, and essential workers in the reconciliation bill.

While the bill would carve out a temporary parole option — essentially a work permit — which would protect close to 7 million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the country since at least since Jan. 1, 2011  from deportation for up to 10 years, it falls short of of what many advocates want

In their letter, the House Democrats criticized the parole option as “yet another form of temporary reprieve,” and asked the Senate to add a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the reconciliation bill.

“Whether we keep our promises or not is a question of political will,” reads the letter.

They also renewed earlier calls to disregard Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, the chamber’s adviser, who shot down two previous proposals to include a path to citizenship in the bill. MacDonough ruled the proposals fell outside the boundaries of what can be done through budget reconciliation, a process that allows a simple majority to pass a bill instead of having to meet the usual 60-vote threshold.

“We cannot let an unelected official advisor determine which promises we fulfill and which we do not, especially when the vast majority of Americans- in both parties- want us to provide a pathway to citizenship.” 

(This story was updated to reflect both Titus and Horsford signed on to the letter).

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Jeniffer Solis
Jeniffer Solis

Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.

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