Senate Democrats to Include Immigration in Their Economic Agenda Bill

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Senate Democrats to Include Immigration in Their Economic Agenda Bill

The Senate Democrats have recently created an argument to include a plan for legalization for millions of immigrants in their $3.5 trillion bill to expand the country’s social safety net. In a meeting with the Senate’s Parliamentarian, Elizabeth McDonough, Democrats argued for their plan to give around 8 million immigrants the chance to apply for Green Cards in the United States. This is referred to as a reconciliation bill because these populations are thought to be the most appropriate group for inclusion.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this potential new legislation and how it might affect your immigration status, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today. At Katona & Associates, PLLC, we are committed to making sure that our clients are going through the immigration process seamlessly. Contact our firm today to speak with our seasoned New York immigration attorneys.

How will this legislation be passed?

With this legislation, Democrats will be able to pass this legislation with just a simple majority. They do have to prove, though, that the law they are trying to pass along party lines is greater than just an “incidental” impact on the country’s bottom line.

The legislation will have to go through a “Byrd bath” which is a procedure that was named for former West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd who helped craft the limits for when a political party is permitted to use the special budgetary process.

If you are interested in learning more about what this legislation entails, contact our firm today. We are committed to helping our clients through the various details of the immigration process.

Why should this legislation be passed?

The Democrats have argued that allowing recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, people with Temporary Protected Status, farmworkers, and other essential workers to apply for the Legal Permanent Residency would make them eligible for social programs. These social programs include Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and other health benefits.

The effort to include immigration in the Democrats’ economic agenda bill faces far odds, but, it still may be the Democrats’ best potential for accomplishing matters on this issue. This bill has come after a months-long battle to reach a bipartisan deal that fell apart.

Reach out to our firm today to determine whether or not you apply to this potential bill. We are committed to making the immigration process as easy as possible for you and your family.


Katona & Associates, PLLC is an experienced, highly dedicated New York City immigration law firm located in lower Manhattan. Our firm works with clients in all matters of immigration law, including employment immigration, family immigration, deportation defense, green cards, and citizenship. Contact us to discuss your case and get the help you need.

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