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Democrats have the power in the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House and they appear to be intent on using it to solidify and maintain their power.
To that end the House is set to vote on two immigration related bills this week, one of which would give those called DREAMers a path to citizenship, The Daily Mail reported.
The other bill would also provide a path to citizenship, but for farm workers, which is a job many migrants have, who are illegally in the United States.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi decided to embrace a piecemeal approach to getting immigration legislation through after taking a whip count earlier this month and discovering President Joe Biden’s larger immigration package didn’t have the votes.
Until then, they’ll pass the two stand-alone bills, which passed in the last Congress as well, so to kickstart negotiations in the Senate.
In the upper chamber, where 60 votes will be needed for an immigration bill to pass, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin and ranking member, Sen. Lindsey Graham, introduced a version of the DREAM Act.
DREAMers are undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
On inauguration day, Biden signed an executive order fortifying DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
There are currently not enough Republican votes in the Senate for passage.
Democrats can talk all they want to about fairness and coming out of the shadows, but there is one job these illegal immigrants can do as citizens that they cannot do right now and that is vote for the Democrat Party.
The issue of immigration could be a big win for Republicans as they seek to win back the House and Senate and these bills could serve as something to mobilize their base to vote, which is likely the same thing Democrat are thinking.
But the Democrats are ignoring the crisis at the Southern border at the same time they are talking about ways to make people, who committed a crime to get into the United States, citizens.
There is a trove of migrants currently flooding into the nation because many of them believe that Joe Biden’s policies towards them will be “more fair.”
Biden promised many things when he was campaigning to be president. Among them were much weaker policies on dealing with illegal immigration, and migrants are taking full advantage of it.
“It’s time for President Biden to call this what it is—a national emergency on our southern border,” Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton said in a tweet on Saturday.
Neha Desai, an attorney representing some of the minors in custody said that some children are being made to sleep on the floors and are being held for as many as seven days, well past the 72-hour legal limit.
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“Some of the boys said that conditions were so overcrowded that they had to take turns sleeping on the floor,” the attorney said after talking to around a dozen unaccompanied migrant children. “They all said they wanted to shower more and were told they couldn’t.”
Even Special Advisor to the president Roberta Jacobson had to admit, during a White House press briefing on Wednesday, that it was not a coincidence that the change in policy from Trump to Biden has led to the surge.
“We’ve seen surges before. Surges tend to respond to hope, and there was significant hope for a more humane policy after four years of pent-up demand,” Jacobson said. “So I don’t know if I would call that a coincidence.’”
“The idea that a more humane policy would be in place may have driven people to make that decision, but perhaps, more importantly, it definitely drove smugglers to express disinformation, spread disinformation about what was now possible,” she said to the press.