The one thing the infrastructure bill isn’t about is… infrastructure.
Aside from all the poison green environmental pork, it’s just the sideshow to a larger legislative push to ram a whole bunch of policy priorities through via a highly illegal strategy. But if Obama could use reconciliation to enslave millions of Americans to socialized medicine, his successor figures he can do the same with illegal alien amnesty.
Biden “reiterated that immigration reform should be included in the reconciliation bill. It’s a position he’s staked out before… but this is the first we’ve heard about it since there was movement on the bipartisan infrastructure framework. (Worth remembering: For this to happen, Dems would need a favorable ruling from the Senate parliamentarian, which hasn’t happened yet.)”
Then, Biden said that Sen. KYRSTEN SINEMA (D-Ariz.) — who said Wednesday that she would not support a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill — is “on board for passing [reconciliation] if in fact she sees all the pieces of it. That’s why she allowed the budget to go forward.”
The gimmick here is the same pseudo-DACA bid that Dems unveiled during the pandemic which slices the illegal alien onion by declaring a whole bunch of illegals to be ‘essential workers’.
Americans were more willing to accept illegal alien amnesty if they were told, falsely, that it was going to apply to American teens whose parents just happened to have brought them here illegally.
With some businesses claiming to have trouble finding workers, Dems suspect the public may be willing to legalize another raft of illegal aliens because they’re “essential workers”.
Padilla, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, is pushing to pass a pathway to citizenship for essential workers, “Dreamers” and other undocumented immigrants as part of the spending bill — a move he said would benefit all Americans…
This comes after bills to legalize more than 4 million farmworkers, “Dreamers” and immigrants eligible for temporary humanitarian protections were approved in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year. But those measures would need at least 60 votes to succeed in the Senate, where they face a wall of opposition by Republicans.
That’s why for months now, immigrant advocates have pressured Democrats to use reconciliation to adopt immigration reforms that have proven elusive for decades.
The very fact that Dems are having trouble getting enough Senate Republicans on board for their latest amnesty is a minor miracle that can largely be attributed to the effects of the Trump era.
During a briefing with the American Business Immigration Coalition, Menendez recounted roughly a dozen “significant meetings” he had with Republican colleagues, “trying to plow through what would be possible” on immigration. But he said he was never able to identify the 10 votes needed to overcome a filibuster and pass legislation through the regular process.
Menendez accused his colleagues across the aisle of being “more interested in punishing immigrants than they are in recognizing their incredible contributions to this country.”
“The Republicans of 2021 are not the same Republicans I worked with in 2013 to pass comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate,” said Menendez, a member of the so-called Gang of Eight that successfully ushered immigration overhaul legislation through the Senate in 2013, only to have the bill die in the Republican-controlled House.
The question is whether Senate Dems will be able to successfully detonate a demographic nuclear weapon through reconciliation.