The White House on Thursday blunted the rollout of an immigration reform package by admitting it’s not a “priority” issue.
Congressional Democrats introduced an immigration bill similar to the one President Biden pitched on his first day in office called the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. The measure creates an eight-year path to citizenship for the country’s roughly 11 million illegal immigrants.
But White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday said the administration’s “sole priority” is passing its proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, dubbed the “American Rescue Plan,” when asked about other stated items on Biden’s policy and legislative wish lists.
“We have our foot on the gas, and we’re remaining engaged with Democrats and Republicans on [Capitol] Hill about moving that forward,” she said. “It is not on the president’s desk, it is not signed, and that relief is not in the hands of the American people.”