Green card recovery effort faces uncertain future in Senate
Politically, Democrats may be wary of a bill offering relief to some immigrants but not others, especially if it excludes the undocumented population. A path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, including essential workers and so-called Dreamers brought to the United States as children, has long been a critical grassroots priority.
Senator Bob Menendez, DN.J., another major player in immigration, suggested to reporters that he would not be willing to give relief to immigrants seeking employment-based visas in the absence broader reviews, although it would be open to reducing family- based visa backlogs.
“I’m not going to solve business problems when they are absent from the immigration discussion,” Menendez said. “If we are talking about recovering visas for the family backlog under the legal immigration system, I would definitely consider that.”
Seek a path of reconciliation
Kerri Talbot, deputy director of The Immigration Hub, told reporters last month that recovering the green card was not part of the initial reconciliation plan submitted to MacDonough in September, but could be discussed later. Democrats are currently considering whether to offer MacDonough a third plan, possibly granting temporary relief to undocumented migrants through some form of parole.
“I think they’re going to pursue legalization ideas first, and then I think at some point they’ll discuss recovery with her as well,” Talbot said.