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Democrats start reining in expectations for immigration bill

Chuck Schumer
Posted at 9:22 AM, Jan 23, 2021

BY ALAN FRAM, AP — New President Joe Biden unveiled a bold immigration plan just days ago.

And Democrats are already acknowledging that if anything emerges, it will likely be significantly more modest.

Immigration is so politically flammable that it’s resisted major congressional action since the 1980s, and this time seems no different.

Biden wants to make citizenship available for the estimated 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally and ease other restrictions.

But even supporters like No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Dick Durbin of Illinois say the party may have to settle for less, such as helping young Dreamer immigrants become citizens.