Immigrants who unlawfully entered the United States are one step closer to working for the federal government.
The legislation permits hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, who arrived through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, to work on Capitol Hill.
“The bill includes language permitting the Legislative Branch agencies to fund and employ dreamers … who hold employment authorization under the DACA program,” a summary document said.
The bill still needs Senate approval before it can be enacted.
BL understands the DACA employment provision was buried deep within the legislative spending bill. The revelation came as Senate Democrats intended to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in the federal spending package. It was unclear whether they would attract enough support for the measure at the time of publication.
There are an estimated 800,000 “dreamers,” children brought illegally to the United States who were protected from deportation under the Barack Obama-era program.
A federal judge recently ruled DACA is unconstitutional, and ordered the Biden administration to detain all of the program’s applicants. President Joe Biden and fellow Democrats responded by proposing a new path to citizenship in the budget package. BL understands they plan to pass the measure regardless of whether the Republican Party supports it.
However, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) sees no “path forward” for the amnesty plan. He believes a provision must first be introduced in a filibuster-proof reconciliation bill that would need 51 votes in the Senate according to Breitbart.
In a dramatic twist, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) vowed to oppose the $3.5 trillion budget that Democrats need for the amnesty plan. This could deprive the party of the 50 votes it needs to pass the Senate through reconciliation. This arguably adds further doubt about the bill’s feasibility.
Menendez suggested Senate Democrats will try to “include as many people” as possible in the amnesty provision. This includes illegal aliens who are registered and eligible for the DACA program, temporary protected status holders, those employed on farms, and considered to be “essential workers.”
Likewise, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce held a conference to promote the amnesty plan. Speakers claimed legalizing millions of foreign competitors against U.S. workers was “vital” to the U.S. economic recovery from the Chinese Communist Party virus pandemic.
Democrats and multiple Republicans have tried to make it easier and easier for illegal aliens to find paid work across the country.
In Arkansas, Republicans helped pass legislation that lets illegal aliens to obtain professional licenses very easily in the Natural State. The Colorado General Assembly and New Jersey state Legislature recently approved similar rules in their respective jurisdictions.