Democrats got bad news on Wednesday when the Senate parliamentarian shot down their second attempt at including immigration reform in their spending bill.
The Hill reports:
Democrats had pitched parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough on legalizing millions of undocumented immigrants by making a change to the date for when undocumented immigrants within the United States can apply to adjust their legal status.
But MacDonough told Democrats that the option was a non-starter, according to a copy of the guidance obtained by The Hill. Democrats are pursuing other back-up plans with the Senate referee, according to a source familiar with Democrats’ strategy.
Changing the registry date is a “weighty policy change and our analysis of this issue is thus largely the same” as Democrats’ previous proposal to provide legal permanent resident status, MacDonough told Democrats in her guidance.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said he was “disappointed” in the ruling and that it left them with “limited” options.
Democrats first attempted to include immigration reform in their spending bill by proposing providing 8 million green cards to immigrants in four groups: Dreamers, temporary protected status (TPS) holders, agricultural and other essential workers. However, MacDonough rejected that earlier this month saying that it was “not appropriate” for reconciliation.
Previously, Democrat Rep. Omar urged Majority Leader Schumer to “ignore” the senate parliamentarian’s recommendation and move forward.