President Joe Biden is pushing for a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators James Lankford, Chris Murphy, and Kyrsten Sinema that would expand overall immigration to the United States. During an address at the White House on Tuesday, Biden praised the bill for creating a parole pipeline that has freed hundreds of thousands of border crossers into the nation's interior. However, critics are calling the bill a precursor to a larger agenda that will include amnesty for millions of illegal aliens residing in the U.S.
Biden acknowledged that the bill does not address everything he wanted, including permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship for young DACA recipients. He reiterated his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform, stating that Congress needs to pass this bill and get it to his desk immediately. This signals that the Biden administration is gearing up for a larger push toward amnesty for undocumented individuals in the U.S.
For years, Democrats and corporate special interests have advocated for amnesty as a solution to the issue of illegal immigration. The bill proposed by Lankford, Murphy, and Sinema would not only grant legal status to millions of immigrants, but it would also increase legal immigration to the U.S. This has raised concerns about the impact on American workers and their wages, as the influx of foreign workers could lead to a decrease in wages for low-skilled jobs.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, immigration has historically put downward pressure on the wages of low-skilled workers, regardless of their place of birth. In addition, an amnesty would drive up the demand for housing, which could further contribute to rising home prices. A study by the New American Economy, funded by Michael Bloomberg, revealed that immigration has already contributed to a $3.7 trillion increase in housing costs for the next generation of homebuyers.
Critics of the bill argue that it would have detrimental effects on the American economy and its citizens. They point out that amnesty would result in a larger population of immigrant workers, allowing businesses to cut labor costs and potentially driving down wages for American workers. Furthermore, it would add to the already high costs of housing, making it more difficult for working and middle-class Americans to afford homes.
Despite these concerns, Biden is urging Congress to pass the bill and get it to his desk. He believes that this is a necessary step towards achieving comprehensive immigration reform and providing a path to citizenship for undocumented individuals. He also commended the efforts of Senators Lankford, Murphy, and Sinema for their bipartisan approach to addressing immigration issues in the U.S.
This bill has sparked intense debate and divided opinions on how to handle the issue of illegal immigration. While some argue that it is necessary to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals who have been contributing to the country, others believe it will only encourage more illegal immigration and harm American workers. The fate of this bill remains uncertain, but it is clear that the Biden administration is committed to enacting immigration reform and providing a path to citizenship for undocumented individuals. The bill may be just the beginning of a larger push for amnesty in the near future.