The Hill just published an article highlighting the fact that D.C. Democrats failed to implement their immigration agenda on America.
What’s more is that President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats failed to do so despite having control over the U.S. presidency, Senate, and House of Representatives over the past two years.
The Hill tries to put the best spin possible on the failure, writing:
Over the past two years, a number of immigration reform bills simmered on the legislative back burner and sometimes caught flickers of national attention, but leadership never found the right time to give immigrants top billing.
In the remainder of the article, The Hill provides an overview of the various attempts that Democrats have made over the past two years to make something happen regarding immigration.
Two swings, two misses
Although the Democrats have controlled the presidency, Senate, and House, the 50-50 makeup of the Senate has made it difficult for the Democrats to pass controversial non-budgetary measures.
Nonetheless, there have been several attempts over the past two years at what The Hill refers to as “immigration reform.”
There was the Dream and Promise Act, which was aimed at providing a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who have been granted Temporary Protected Status. And, there was the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which, among other things, provided a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who worked as agricultural laborers.
Both bills passed the House in March 2021. But, they made it no further despite the efforts of congressional Democrats.
As the Hill reports, “neither the bipartisanship nor favorable public polling bolstered the bills’ momentum, and neither passed the Senate.”
It’s unlikely to happen now
The Hill completes its report by summarizing the recent, ongoing fight over Title 42, the Trump-era COVID-19 emergency policy that has been used to curb illegal immigration. The Biden administration has been trying to end the policy, but the courts haven’t been allowing him to, and now, the matter is before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Hill also notes that the Democrats gave up on incorporating immigration reform into the recently-passed $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill in order to ensure the bill’s passage.
With all of this being said and with the Republicans now about to take control of the House, it now appears that Democrats are the farthest that they’ve been from making immigration reform happen in several years. But, we’ll see.
It’s worth pointing out that, regardless, this has not been a complete loss for the Democrats.
The fact of the matter is that, under Biden’s leadership, illegal immigration is taking place at an astronomical rate – over 2 million in the 2022 Fiscal year alone. And, this rate is not slowing down. This part of the left’s immigration agenda can only be labeled as a success.