President Joe Biden entered the White House with a clear agenda to reverse or repeal as many of his predecessor’s immigration and border policies as possible.
As Breitbart reported this week, however, Biden’s administration seems to be backing down — at least for now — from its push to grant amnesty to undocumented immigrants.
“Moving forward in a bipartisan manner”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki conceded on Wednesday that the president would not be pressing forward with such a legislative proposal through a process known as reconciliation.
The term refers to a procedural rule allowing budgetary measures to be passed by a simple majority, thus bypassing the possibility of a Senate filibuster.
“His view is that right now, this should not be…that the conversation should not be about a reconciliation process,” Psaki said. “It should be about moving forward in a bipartisan manner.”
She went on to address a Politico report indicating that Biden privately told a pair of House Democrats that he would promote an amnesty bill when he addresses Congress later this month.
“I guess I can articulate what the president’s point of view is and certainly what his intention of conveying in a private meeting was, which is that he believes there should be bipartisan support,” Psaki said.
“He supports the cause”
Biden expects to find some common ground with the GOP, Psaki said, noting that there is “bipartisan support, for example, on the DREAMers” on which the two parties can build.
“And he believes that modernizing our immigration system and putting measures in place to address that is something that should warrant bipartisan support,” she said.
U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-NM) was among those who said that Biden had voiced support of such reform, declaring that her party “can expect the president to be talking about the economic benefits of the immigration bill.”
Hispanic Caucus Chair Raul Ruiz (D-CA) also expressed confidence in Biden on the issue, declaring: “He supports the cause.”
As a candidate, Biden spoke of his support for increasing the number of immigrants allowed into the country, declaring in 2019 that the U.S. “could afford to take in a heartbeat another two million people.”