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Column: Who will be the champion for immigrants in the post-Trump era?

October 21, 2021

Some Democrats in the House aren’t giving up. Reps. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-Ill.), Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), and Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) have said they will vote down any budget reconciliation deal on the multitrillion infrastructure package that does not include “common-sense immigration reform.”

“Why is it that we’re always second or third priority?” he asked. Espaillat agreed. “It’s now or never,” he told me. But unlike Correa, he said he’d consider temporary parole. García, meanwhile, told me that parole is “a last resort” and that it’s still possible to secure a pathway to citizenship.

Other advocates argue that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, chaired by Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Coachella), should be more aggressive, even linking arms with García, Correa and Espaillat on an ultimatum. Ruiz hasn’t made that commitment but said in a statement: “We are exploring every option available.”