Biden, Dems to roll ahead with sweeping immigration reform amid pandemic; plans to increase refugee admissions

Before Democrats have moved on their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package that’s expected to include $1,400 checks for American citizens struggling during prolonged shutdowns in many parts of the country, President Joe Biden is forging ahead to put America back in the illegal immigration business.

Biden and the Democratic Party plan to introduce an immigration bill this week that would start the process of granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, and the Associated Press reported the president is looking to increase refugee admissions to 62,500 for the current budget year, up from 15,000 under former President Donald Trump.

This being a priority in an administration struggling with the pandemic and vaccine roll-out, where unemployed Americans and low-income communities hardest hit by the coronavirus still await assistance Biden has promised.

The irony being that Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, recently talked about “doing right by the American people, the urgency of the moment demands that we act without further delay.”

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Doing right by the American people doesn’t equate to effectively opening the border in the middle of a pandemic as many in this country desperately try to regain their footing after a long year of sacrifices.

The “U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021” includes an earned pathway to citizenship for up to 11 millions illegal immigrants currently in the country and other “protections” being considered, according to NBC News, including asylum processing in home countries for minors, expanded benefits for DREAMers and ending the public charge rule.

In looking at a piecemeal approach, Democrats may follow up with an effort to fast-track DREAMers and illegal immigrant farmworkers to citizenship.

Rep. Linda T. Sánchez, D-Calif., will spearhead the House effort to shove the initial bill down our throats.

In what amounts to adding insult to the injury of the American people, the Democrat praised illegal immigrants for “pulling” the country through the pandemic.

“From our Dreamers, to the service workers and farmers pulling us through this pandemic, there are too many relying on this reform for us to fail,” she said. “I look forward to working with President Biden as well as my House colleagues to finally make our immigration system more functional, fair, and humane.”

To foreign nationals, perhaps. To the struggling American people, not so much.

Biden has already halted the construction of the wall at the southern border, taken steps to strengthen protections for DREAMers and established a task force to reunify illegal immigrant families separated in the U.S.

He vowed to pursue his pro-illegal immigrant policies on the campaign trail, which explains why a massive caravan of Central American migrants began marching on the U.S. southern border even before he was sworn into office.

The administration has also revived the so-called “catch and release” system, which allows illegal immigrants to remain in the country while awaiting immigration trials that they seldom show up for.

Amid the pandemic, the New York Post reported that the federal government is not testing the migrants for the coronavirus, though there’s been talk of Biden wanting to test U.S. citizens before domestic flights.

Former Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf appeared on “Fox & Friends” earlier this month to say border crossings under Biden are already at a crisis level.

“The situation on the border right now is very dangerous. CBP is facing a little over 3,000 and in some cases, 3,500 individuals coming across the border illegally every day,” he said.

To suggest that elections have consequences necessitates the belief that Biden was fairly elected — according to a recent Rasmussen survey, 61% of Republican voters do not believe Biden was elected fairly. In addition, 70% of GOP voters believe mass mail-in balloting “led to unprecedented fraud” in the November election, along with 11% of Democrats and 46% of voters who don’t identify with either major party.

As for refugees, Biden has already announced plans to raise admissions to 125,000 by 2022, the AP noted.

The news agency reported that the reason he’s going with the lower number this year is because 125,000 “would be unrealistic to reach this year with the coronavirus pandemic and the work needed to rebuild the refugee program that had been largely dismantled by the Trump administration.”

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