Biden wades into immigration morass that has stymied other presidents

Biden wades into immigration morass that has stymied other presidents


President Biden is hoping to succeed where the last three presidents have failed by proposing his own legislation revamping immigration.

While diametrically opposed to former President Donald Trump’s approach, the Biden-backed immigration bill follows in the footsteps of unsuccessful pushes by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to increase legal immigration and offer a pathway to citizenship for most illegal immigrants in the United States.

Except Biden’s plan offers fewer concessions to Republicans on issues such as border security despite Democrats having a smaller Senate majority than when they last tried to pass a big immigration bill.

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That was the Gang of Eight deal in 2013, which won the votes of 14 Republican senators but couldn’t win over the GOP majority in the House. Then-Speaker John Boehner wouldn’t even bring it up for a vote. A similar fate befell multiple similar proposals under Bush.

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