The irony is rich with the latest bombshell development on amnesty for millions of illegals.
The current Senate Parliamentarian just shot down an effort by Democrats to sneak in amnesty for 8 million illegals. Elizabeth MacDonough (pictured below), was appointed by Democrats when they controlled the Senate in 2012 but she’s been a thorn in the side of the Left since her appointment to the position.
She just shot down the effort on amnesty and a few months ago, she also blocked the inclusion of a minimum wage increase in a Covid bailout bill.
It’s no surprise that Democrats are livid about McDonough’s latest move. Democrat leader Chuck Schumer said he’s “deeply disappointed.”
We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide lawful status for immigrants in budget reconciliation continues.
We will continue fighting to pursue the best path forward to grant them the ability to obtain lawful status.
My statement: pic.twitter.com/5VZjx0D6JT
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 20, 2021
MacDonough is a career civil servant who previously served as a reference assistant in the Senate Library. She studied at George Washington University, where she earned a degree in English literature. and later attended Vermont Law School. She served as a district counsel for the U.S. Justice Department before taking a position as an assistant parliamentarian in 1999. It was a post she would hold for 13 years, before assuming her current role.
Our previous report on the move by McDonough:
The Senate parliamentarian ruled against allowing Democrats to include amnesty for an estimated 8 million illegals in their massive multi-trillion dollar social spending bill.
The massive bill has been labeled ‘human infrastructure’ because it has very little to do with the infrastructure of roads and bridges. It’s mostly a social safety net proposal aimed at pushing America into becoming a socialist country. Biden calls it a “bottom-up” transformative bill. Anyone who knows about economics would say this socialist agenda has and will never work. Biden calls himself a capitalist, but he is a capitalist in name only. He has sold out to the far-left socialists like Bernie Sanders.
Just days ago, Biden made an announcement of the plan:
“I strongly support giving Dreamers, TPS recipients, farmworkers, and essential workers the long-awaited pathway to citizenship they deserve. I’m working closely with Congress right now to finally make that a reality.”
President Biden: "I strongly support giving Dreamers, TPS recipients, farm workers and essential workers the long-awaited pathway to citizenship they deserve. I'm working closely with Congress right now to finally make that a reality." pic.twitter.com/3IVskuUIyN
— The Hill (@thehill) September 18, 2021
Politico reports that the parliamentarian determined that the Democrats’ proposal is “by any standard a broad, new immigration policy” and that the policy change “substantially outweighs the budgetary impact of that change.”
In their arguments before the Senate parliamentarian, a former immigration attorney, Democrats made the case that providing green cards to an estimated 8 million Dreamers, farmworkers, Temporary Protected Status recipients, and essential workers during the pandemic had a budgetary impact because it would make more people eligible for certain federal benefits. That, in turn, would increase the deficit by more than $130 billion, according to Democratic estimates.
But the parliamentarian, in her ruling, stated that providing legal status through reconciliation would also lead to “other, life-changing federal, state and societal benefits.”
Providing permanent legal status “would give these persons freedom to work, freedom to travel, freedom to live openly in our society in any state in the nation, and to reunite with their families and it would make them eligible, in time, to apply for citizenship — things for which there is no federal fiscal equivalent.”
In addition, the parliamentarian rejected arguments from Democrats that there is a precedent for including immigration reform in reconciliation. Democrats frequently pointed to a 2005 GOP-led reconciliation bill that addressed a visa backlog.