- AMLO asks the US Senate to quickly approve the immigration reform that they are still discussing
- Democrats put pressure on President Biden to include more immigrants in his plan
- “Due to this crisis, I would like to respectfully urge them to do it quickly, soon,” said López Obrador.
AMLO is asking the US Senate to quickly pass the immigration reform they are still discussing, while Democrats put pressure on President Biden to include more immigrants in his plan.
The immigration reform is awaited not only by those who reside in the USA, but also by neighboring countries, especially Mexico. Now both the senators and the president are under strong pressure to move forward the discussions on the legislation.
AMLO calls the US Senate
The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said in his morning conference that cooperation between countries is key to curbing immigration and made a “respectful call” to the United States Senate to approve immigration reform “quickly”.
“Due to this crisis, I would like to respectfully urge you to do it quickly, soon. Because President Biden is asking for $ 4 billion, and they have to pass it in Congress. Hopefully they will hurry, because we must address the causes ”of the situation that affects the common border, said the Mexican president.
Mexico and the United States “reaching agreements”
After his request, López Obrador recalled that he has “very good relations” with President Joe Biden and indicated that both countries are “reaching agreements” on immigration, he said. The opinion.
In the middle of his speech, he regretted that a new wave of immigration was unleashed after Biden’s immigration promises that were taken advantage of “by traffickers” and that in the midst of this delicate situation so many minors were trapped. “There is a serious situation of use of girls and boys,” he said.
Biden under great pressure
The debate on immigration reform remains open. Just now a group of Democratic congressmen have made a new request to President Biden: that he include in his immigration project those who have performed essential jobs during the pandemic.
“In the past year, essential workers have proven to be a truly important part of our nation’s critical infrastructure and a crucial part of the backbone of our society,” says the letter endorsed by 18 congressmen, including Alex Padilla (California) and Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts).
Citizenship for Essential Workers
The congressmen stressed that “these workers have kept the United States fed, healthy and safe during this pandemic … and will be equally essential to the economic recovery of our nation.”
The new application that is expected to be integrated into the Biden plan is named after project HR 1909 (in the House of Representatives) or S. 747 (in the Senate), commonly known as the Essential Workers Citizenship Act.
Biden immigration reform
It is estimated that Biden’s immigration reform will allow five million undocumented immigrants to be granted citizenship. Many of them are employed in agriculture, meatpacking companies, or are nurses, construction workers, supermarket clerks, truck drivers, health care assistants, emergency responders, among other staple jobs.
“They often live in overcrowded conditions with their families, work in industries with unsafe conditions and earn poverty level wages,” the congressmen described in the text.
Support for the proposal
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is one of those who supports the proposal, along with 100 other Democrats. However, in the text the congressmen acknowledge that the idea may be rejected by the Republicans.
Still, they hope to make progress using the Reconciliation rule, with which they require only the support of a simple majority. This was the resource used by Democrats to approve the American Rescue Plan in March.
Advances in immigration … so far
The United States House of Representatives approved two bills on immigration reform on March 18. These intend to regularize the situation of about 4 million undocumented persons in the country.
These two proposals include the legalization of “dreamers” and agricultural workers. However, the United States hopes to get more deals in the Senate covering 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Bush regrets not enacting immigration reform
Former President George W. Bush admitted in an interview with CBS that one of the great disappointments of his mandate between 2001 and 2009 was not having achieved the immigration reform he promised during the election campaign.
“I campaigned for immigration reform … I made it very clear to the voters that this was something that I had the intention of doing,” he commented and evaluated that since his administration there has been nothing more than “a lot of decrees, but everything that that means is that the Congress does not fulfill its task ”.
Bush regrets not enacting immigration reform
Last month, Bush assured that the United States must open a path to citizenship that accommodates undocumented immigrants. Precisely, on April 20, Bush will release his book “Out of Many, One” in which he shares the stories of immigrants in the United States.
The last reform of the immigration system occurred in 1986, during the presidency of Republican Ronald Reagan. Since then the situation has worsened with the thousands of migrants who arrive each year. AMLO calls the US Senate and Democrats pressure Biden.
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