The number of illegal immigrants who are pouring across the border between the U.S. and Mexico might just destroy any chances these individuals had of quickly getting legal status in the United States.
The current crisis at the border has once again made immigration policy a hot button topic for debate in our country and has made things more politically tenuous for both parties, as a pair of Senate immigration reform bills that had been under discussion have stalled.
“I’m reaching out on the Republican side,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, who serves as the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate. “Many of them have said they are focused on the southern border. And I think that has to be part of the conversation.”
But Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the legislation, which would have provided a pathway to citizenship for roughly 11 million illegal immigrants, was now a “non-starter.”
“There’s no pathway for anything right now,” Graham said.
Graham and some of his current Republican colleagues, such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, previously supported a pathway to citizenship as part of a bipartisan immigration bill that nearly passed in 2013. But, like Graham, Rubio says the situation is different this time.
“The world has changed dramatically … Eight years is a long time, and a lot has changed,” Rubio stated. “Our country’s changed. The world has changed. And there’s a reality that needs to be taken into account when drafting.”
Even Durbin went on to confess that the current citizenship bill has almost no chance whatsoever of passing in the Senate.
“I don’t see a means of reaching that. [But] I want it,” he admitted.
Graham noted the situation on the border has made it “much harder” to progress on legislation to help the so-called “Dreamers,” illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children and who would be protected from deportation by the proposed DREAM Act.
“I think it’s gonna be really hard to get a bipartisan bill put together on anything that has a legalization component until you stop the flow,” Graham stated.
President Biden caused this mess by using executive orders to remove former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies which were apparently all that stood in the way of such a disaster while he was in office.
This whole mess has been caused by power hungry politicians trying to look good for their base. Terrible.