Democrats’ Plan B: Amnesty for Illegal Aliens Who Entered U.S. Before 2010

LAREDO, TX - AUGUST 07: Illegal immigrants sit in a holding cell at a U.S. Border Patrol
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Senate Democrats will propose another amnesty plan to include in their budget reconciliation package, one that would allow illegal aliens who entered the United States before 2010 to secure green cards and, eventually, naturalized American citizenship.

After Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough shot down a plan by Democrats to slip an amnesty for millions of illegal aliens into their filibuster-proof budget reconciliation package, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) says Senate Democrats’ next move is proposing an amnesty that would ensure green cards for millions of illegal aliens who entered the U.S. before 2010.

Young unaccompanied migrants, wait for their turn at the secondary processing station inside the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley in Donna, Texas on March 30, 2021. - The Biden administration on Tuesday for the first time allowed journalists inside its main detention facility at the border for migrant children, revealing a severely overcrowded tent structure where more than 4,000 kids and families were crammed into pods and the youngest kept in a large play pen with mats on the floor for sleeping. (Photo by Dario Lopez-Mills / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DARIO LOPEZ-MILLS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Young unaccompanied migrants, wait for their turn at the secondary processing station inside the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility. (DARIO LOPEZ-MILLS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images).

“There are a couple of options [regarding amnesty] … there are a couple of tiers that we can pursue, one of them would produce … an opportunity for legalization. Another one would produce an opportunity for a recognized status with then a pathway to legalization,” Menendez said Monday:

I personally prefer trying to get the parliamentarian to agree to a registry date change because we’re not changing the law, which was the essence of her arguments … we’re just updating a date. There’s a dramatic difference in that. [Emphasis added]

The registry date is the date that exists in the law in which people can adjust their status if they were here before that date. By updating the registry date, we would permit people to adjust their status to an antiquated date and that would create an opportunity for a very large universe to adjust their status in the United States and we think that updating the date … which is not changing the law … is a valid concern and has budgetary impacts that fall squarely on what reconciliation is all about. [Emphasis added]

In November 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) into law which gave amnesty to nearly three million illegal aliens. As part of the Reagan amnesty, illegal aliens who could prove they had lived in the U.S. since January 1, 1972 could adjust status and secure a green card.

Since the Reagan amnesty, more than 73,000 illegal aliens have been able to adjust status, secure green cards, and eventually apply for naturalized American citizenship.

Senate Democrats now want to update that date from January 1, 1972 to January 1, 2010 so that illegal aliens who have lived in the U.S. before 2010 can apply for green cards. It is unclear how many illegal aliens would benefit from such an amnesty but in January 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimated that nearly 11 million illegal aliens were residing in the U.S.

As Breitbart News reports, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s lobby group for West Coast investors said Senate Democrats would be presenting “alternate immigration-related proposals for the Senate Parliamentarian’s consideration in the coming days.”

The latest amnesty plan comes directly from, which in April published a detailed analysis as to how Senate Democrats could update the registry date in the IRCA to provide millions of illegal aliens with amnesty.

“The immigration registry process has been in place for nearly a century, and reflects our nation’s historical sense of fairness to allow undocumented immigrants who have lived in the country for a long time an opportunity to adjust to a legal status,” the stated.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at Follow him on Twitter here.


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