In a blow to Democrats, President Biden, and immigration advocates, Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled on September 19, 2021, that immigration language cannot be included in the $3.5 trillion filibuster-proof budget reconciliation bill. She said, “The policy changes of this proposal far outweigh the budgetary impact.” 

The rejected language would have provided a path to legalization for up to 8 million people, among other provisions. The immigration provisions are expected to have a dim chance of passing separately in the Senate.

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