At the present, the Democrat Party is preoccupied with border politics.
However, this is not what Democrats hoped to address when they took control of Congress and the White House. What are the chances that border security legislation will be passed this year?
Nothing Has Been Done
Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), a co-sponsor of President Joe Biden’s hallmark immigration reform bill, stated, “Zero.”
The Biden government’s decision to terminate a pandemic-era expulsion program is driving legislative discussion on Capitol Hill and reverberating in the nation’s toughest battlefield contests.
It’s also a sobering reminder that the Democratic ideal of immigration legislation is all but gone, for the time being. That’s thanks to ultra-slim majorities and a Republican Party that sees larger change as a nonstarter without tackling the spike in border checkpoints.
Less than one year before, the Democrat Party was aimed at optimizing its short window of complete power in Washington to pass legislation that would provide a road to legal standing for only certain undocumented immigrants, an objective for which some still hope.
By making the immigration bill the first idea his new White House brought to Congress, Biden demonstrated his commitment to the issue.
Biden is asking for $33 Billion to send to Ukraine on top of the billions already sent to the very corrupt nation, but they couldn’t spend a tiny fraction of that to finish the wall, secure our border & end the humanitarian crisis & drug/sex trafficking at our border!#AmericaLast
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 29, 2022
However, the current expulsion saga has diverted attention away from the Capitol.
Some immigration supporters fear the delay in addressing a dysfunctional system would hurt Democrats in the midterms.
This Will Cost them
Correa thinks if Democrats don’t deliver on the subject after two years in power, both in the White House and Congress, they will lose in November.
“In the most recent election, 38% of Latinos backed [Donald] Trump. I don’t think it’ll assist the issue if you come home empty-handed,” Correa added.
The Biden Administration is paying millions to NOT build the wall.
That shows how intentional this border crisis is.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) April 28, 2022
While Biden managed to avoid duplicating some of Obama’s immigration gaffes, his administration has suffered a spate of losses in court and on Capitol Hill.
Progressives applauded the president’s decision to end what was then known as Title 42 — a Trump-era command that cited the flu epidemic to expel well almost 1.8 million migrants at the southern border.
However, this happened only for the move to be met with swift backlash from within the Democrat Party and a temporary halt by a federal judge.
Prior to the White House government’s judgment to repeal Title 42, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said the government could proceed to deport migrants who might pose a health risk during a flu epidemic.
However, deporting migrants to nations where they might suffer discrimination or brutality was deemed illegal.
Until the middle of the month, a temporary restraining order imposed last week prevents the Biden government from suspending Title 42, at which point a longer-term stay is anticipated.
Immigrant organizations and legal experts anticipate it reaching the Supreme Court, as did previous Biden attempts to reverse his predecessor’s immigration laws.