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Immigrant Status Cannot Be Bundled with "Social Infrastructure" Package


Elizabeth MacDonough, the non-partisan Senate Parliamentarian has ruled that legislation to extend a path to citizenship for the DACA cohort  of 800,000 and approximately 11 million workers currently in the U.S. illegally cannot be included in the proposed $3.5 trillion Social Infrastructure and Climate Enhancement Bill. Accordingly the affected demographic will not receive approval for either permanent status or a path to citizenship.


Ms. MacDonough ruled that under current Senate procedures bundling legislative provisions are not allowed in bills if they are "merely incidental" to the overall policy intent. Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stated, "we are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide lawful status for immigrants in a budget reconciliation continues".  He added, "Senate Democrats have prepared alternate proposals and we will be holding additional meetings with the Senate Parliamentarian in the coming days".


Immigration has become a highly charged political issue. Most agricultural and animal production associations are pressing the Administration to grant unlimited H-2A visas to qualified applicants to allow year-round employment.