Senate Democrats’ Push for U.S. Immigration Reform Hits Roadblock

The Senate Parliamentarian blocked Democrats’ proposal Sunday to include a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants in their social spending plan.

The Parliamentarian, in the decision, stated that the immigration reform push was “by any standard a broad, new immigration policy” and that the policy change “substantially outweighs the budgetary impact of that change,” Politico reports.

Politico notes that any path forward for immigration reform through a budget reconciliation process, which would allow a straight, party-line vote without a filibuster threat, is likely now closed.

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