Monday, September 13, 2021

Taxpayers to foot bill for amnesty under House proposal

House Democrats unveiled their plan to legalize millions of illegal immigrants - and to make taxpayers pay billions of dollars to process their applications.

The plan does not contain new border security or enforcement measures.

Mr. Nadler's plan would apply to those already ordered deported but who absconded, giving them a chance to petition to join the amnesty.

Using the budget process means Democrats do not have to face the prospect of a Republican filibuster in the Senate, though it's not clear whether the parliamentarian will allow the immigration provisions to be part of the bill.

To be eligible for passage in the budget, a plan must be central to the government's fiscal situation.

Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican who has long been at the center of immigration debates, said the way Democrats are pursuing their plan sinks chances of cooperation.

Emilio T. Gonzalez, who ran USCIS under President George W. Bush and studied amnesty during the 2006 and 2007 immigration debates, said it would take 18 months to two years to prepare. 

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