White House press secretary Jen Psaki stepped back President Joe Biden’s support for amnesty of illegal immigrants through Senate budget reconciliation, a move noting a shift in strategy over another controversial Biden immigration policy.
“His view is that right now, this should not be… that the conversation should not be about a reconciliation process,” Psaki said. “It should be about moving forward in a bipartisan manner.”
Psaki added in response to a follow up question, “I guess I can articulate what the President’s point of view is and certainly what his intention of conveying in any private meeting was, which is that he believes there should be bipartisan support.”
The move comes just a day after Biden told Hispanic lawmakers he would support moving immigration measures through budget rules allowing a simple majority vote in the Senate.
Hispanic Caucus Chair Raul Ruiz (D-CA) reported Tuesday that Biden urged lawmakers in the meeting to “continue to speak about the economic benefits to all American families through immigration reform.”
The abrupt change may leave some Hispanic Biden supporters frustrated and confused over another immigration flip-flop. Biden has already made other immigration statements that have later been retracted.
For example, the president has been criticized by Sen. Ricahrd Durbin (D-IL) for failing to raise the refugee cap as promised during his first 100 days as president. The senator tweeted, “Say it ain’t so, President Joe. This is unacceptable.”
As the Biden administration faces push back for the growing immigration crisis along the nation’s southern border, related immigration issues appear to bounce back and forth almost daily. Even fellow Democrats are now criticizing the president regarding his approach to immigration as harmful to the nation.