Dems Weigh Options After Immigration Plan Hits Roadblock

By Mike LaSusa (September 20, 2021, 8:57 PM EDT) -- Democratic lawmakers seeking to create a pathway to legal status for millions of undocumented immigrants are working on legislative alternatives, after the U.S. Senate parliamentarian said that an initial proposal shouldn't be included in a multitrillion-dollar budget package.

The Senate rules referee, Elizabeth MacDonough, issued a nonbinding determination late Sunday night that advised Democrats against attaching the immigration legislation to a $3.5 trillion budget bill.

The proposed immigration provisions would give a shot at a green card to those who came to the U.S. as children, as well as many essential workers and some undocumented immigrants with temporary protections from deportation....

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