Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York called on Republicans Wednesday to join in passing a pathway to citizenship for “all undocumented” in the United States, citing the fact that Americans were “not reproducing.”
“We have a population that is not reproducing on its own with the same level that it used to,” Schumer said during the press conference. “The only way we’re going to have a great future is if we welcome and embrace immigrants, the dreamers and all of them. Because our ultimate goal to help the dreamers but get a path to citizenship for all 11 million or however many undocumented there are here.”
Schumer: “We have a population that is not reproducing on its own with the same level that it used to. The only way we’re going to have a great future is if we welcome immigrants… get a path to citizenship for all 11 million [illegal immigrants].”
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President Joe Biden sought to codify Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) through a federal regulation in August, while also seeking the passage of legislation that has been blocked by a Republican filibuster.
“So my message to Senate Republicans is this: Work with us,” Schumer said. “Work with us on this widely supported policy, so we can reach agreement that will protect families and strengthen our economy, just as we passed other bipartisan accomplishments, which they thought couldn’t be done. Guns, veterans, CHIPS.” (RELATED: ‘Poking Holes In A Boat’: Watters Hammers Kamala Harris Over Amnesty Remarks)
“We can get it done here. We can get it done here. If we can get ten Republicans to join us, we will get this done by the end of the year,” Schumer continued. “It’s a smart thing to do, it’s the right thing to do, it’s the moral thing to do, it’s the humane thing to do, and I want to assure everyone here we will not stop fighting till we get a fix for DACA, a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and a pathway to citizenship for all undocumented.”
President Barack Obama instituted in 2012 to cover illegal aliens who arrived as minors. The program, which has been tied up in litigation, covers about 800,000 people.
Republican attorneys general and immigration hawks threatened to sue the Trump administration if it didn’t roll back DACA, while Democratic-led states opposing any rollback of the Obama administration’s program with litigation of their own. There are at least 11.4 million illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States as of January 1, 2018, according to a Department of Homeland Security estimate.
Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate minority leader, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.
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