By hook or by crook, Schumer determined to win amnesty

Monday, May 17, 2021
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York)An immigration enforcement advocacy organization is concerned that Senate Democrats may try to use a little-known tool to grant amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.

Millions of people who are in the U.S. illegally may receive a pathway to citizenship if Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) (pictured) opts to blow up longstanding Senate rules to achieve that agenda item. Schumer recently told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that he's "actively exploring" ways to grant citizenship to millions of illegal aliens via President Joe Biden's pork-laden infrastructure bill.

One News Now spoke with Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

"When you're dealing with bills that have significant fiscal impact, you can use a maneuver called budget reconciliation [which] allows legislation to be passed with a mere 51 votes," he explains. "Under most circumstances, you have to get 60 votes in order to bring a bill to the floor – [but] once it's to the floor, then it can pass with a simple majority."

Mehlman argues that budget reconciliation is a way around the cloture rule.

Mehlman

"Senator Schumer may be trying to make the claim that this is going to have significant budgetary impact – and it will by the way, but just not a good one," says the FAIR spokesman. "This is going to cost taxpayers trillions of dollars over the lifetime of the people who would get amnesty."

But Mehlman believes it's going to be tough, even for Schumer, to sell the idea that humans are infrastructure. "[Because] they're not," he continues. "They're human beings. So, this may come down to a decision by the parliamentarian of the Senate."

The Senate parliamentarian interprets and arbitrates Senate rules and procedures. According to National Review, Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) is skeptical the parliamentarian would allow legislation to legalize illegal immigrants to pass using budget reconciliation. "That's not really the purpose of reconciliation," Cornyn told The New York Times.

As of last week, Schumer was still unable to get the ten Republican votes he'd need to overcome a GOP filibuster and get the bill to the floor with 60 votes.

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