Low estimate of 6.5 million legalized illegal aliens would dwarf the failed “one time” 1986 Republican amnesty of 2.8 million
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) confirmed this week that he is negotiating an amnesty deal for likely millions of illegal aliens with Senate Democrats.
In statements to PunchBowl News, Cornyn confirmed that he is hammering out the details of an expansive amnesty deal with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) that could give green cards, and eventually American citizenship, to illegal aliens enrolled and eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, those given Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and illegal aliens who work on farms.
“Right now, there’s a proposal to deal with DACA, a bipartisan border solutions bill, if there’s a deal to be had on farmworkers, and TPS recipients,” Cornyn told PunchBowl News this week. “I’m not sure where TPS figures in all this. But that’s the current proposal, so we’ll see if we can agree on some parameters for those three things: DACA [illegal aliens], [illegal alien] farmworkers, and the [southern] border.”
“I’ve agreed to focus on those three things and see if we can come up with some parameters that would make sense and that I can support,” Cornyn said.
Cornyn said he is hoping to have an amnesty deal drafted by the end of the week to send off to Durbin and other Senate Democrats.
In March, the Democrat-controlled House — with support from 30 House Republicans — passed H.R. 1603, known as the “Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021,” and H.R. 6, known as “American Dream and Promise Act of 2021.”
Together, the two plans would give amnesty to about 2.1 million illegal aliens working on U.S. farms and another 4.4 million DACA-enrolled and eligible illegal aliens and those with TPS.
At the time, 17 Senate Republicans told Breitbart News they will oppose both amnesty plans, including:
- Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
- Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)
- Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN)
- Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)
- Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID)
- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
- Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT)
- Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN)
- Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO)
- Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
- Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
- Sen. James Lankford (R-OK)
- Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)
- Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)
- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
- Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS)
- Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)
The remaining 33 Senate Republicans have either not stated a clear position on amnesty or have not responded to requests for comments about whether they would support such a measure
While Cornyn negotiates an amnesty deal, many Senate Democrats are seeking to slip an amnesty past Congress through a little-known “reconciliation” maneuver. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is crafting a proposal that would include forcing American taxpayers to spend $150 billion on providing amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.
An amnesty would come as nearly 16 million remain jobless but all of who want full-time jobs. Another 5.3 million Americans are underemployed but likewise, want full-time employment.
An analysis released this week by the Center for Immigration Studies revealed that amnesty for illegal aliens, which would immediately flood the U.S. labor market with millions of newly legalized foreign workers for whom employers can legally hire, would have a devastating impact on the nation’s ongoing unemployment problem. Read the rest here at Breitbart News.
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