West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin has reportedly said he will agree to a Democrat budget that includes amnesty to millions of illegal immigration in America.
The senator’s support is critical in the effort, as Manchin has served as a moderate who has often refused to side with his party on more radical issues.
Bloomberg News reporter Steven Dennis tweeted Wednesday Manchin will support “immigration reform.”
But Manchin, Tester, others not yet on board overall and want to see more details… https://t.co/HFRq6rCEY1
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) July 14, 2021
The current Democrat plan would provide amnesty for approximately six million illegal immigrants who have lived in America for a length of time, including a pathway to citizenship.
The legislative move follows through on the fears many conservatives have had regarding illegal immigrants given citizenship and voting rights.
In addition, the effort would allow current illegal immigrants the opportunity to remain eligible for many American jobs, creating concerns for current Americans in the job market.
The deal is not yet finalized, but the Senate will continue to press for the immigration change in its budget plan. The added agenda item offers another reason Republicans will continue fight against approving the measure as part of Biden’s immigration policy changes that have led to a surge along the nation’s southern border.