Democrats added a new provision to President Joe Biden‘s $1.75 trillion social safety net plan that could open a path to legal work for the roughly 7 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
The Senate parliamentarian ruled twice already that Democrats could not put immigration measures into the bill that would be passed through the reconciliation process. But with pressure over the Biden administration’s handling of the border mounting, many Democrats feel reforms are needed.
“We have to have something for our immigrants,” said Representative Judy Chu, a California Democrat and a member of the Progressive Caucus, according to the AP.
Because the new proposals build off existing immigration programs, Democrats hope the Senate parliamentarian will approve of the new measures in the coming days. The president appeared hopeful that this version of immigration reform will pass, setting aside $100 billion for the program which could take the cost of the bill from $1.75 trillion to $1.85 trillion.