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Democrats in the House of Representatives passed a legislative budget this week that, among other things, allows for members of Congress to hire some illegal immigrants to work on Capitol Hill as congressional staffers.

The measure provides $18.2 million in funding for paid internships on Capitol Hill and allows so-called Dreamers, or DACA recipients, to work in the Legislative Branch.

The legislative funding bill “includes language to permit DACA recipients, Dreamers, to be able to work for Congress and other legislative branch agencies,” said Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) on the House floor on Wednesday, according to Fox News.

Ryan announced the passage of the measure and said it would allow more DACA recipients to work for Congress.

The bill passed by a margin of 215-207 with votes going along party lines. It has yet to be voted on by the Senate.

“In a year full of trauma and hurt, with the apex being the Insurrection on January 6th, there is no question that the House of Representatives must make the changes necessary to continue serving the American people,” Ryan said in a statement. “This legislation makes strides to modernize the House of Representatives and ensures we have the resources necessary to efficiently and effectively serve our constituents.”

“I am proud that this legislation includes a $134 million increase for Members to hire and retain the staff needed to serve our constituents. I am also pleased that we are helping ensure our workforce reflects the diversity of our nation, including by increasing funding for paid internships and allowing DACA recipients to work in the halls of Congress,” Ryan added.

“I am pleased that my legislation increases transparency, diversity, and leadership training for the United States Capitol Police and provides additional funding for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Workplace Rights, and the Wounded Warrior Program,” Ryan concluded.

Known as “Dreamers,” there are an estimated 800,000 children who were brought to the United States illegally who are legally protected from deportation under an Obama-era program called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The passage of the bill prompted progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to praise the move, which was a 21% increase in the budget House offices use to pay staffers, as an “important step towards retaining staff, increasing Hill diversity [and] growing the practice of paid internships.”

LAST NIGHT, CONGRESS PASSED THE 21% INCREASE WE ASKED FOR BACK IN JUNE. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS RETAINING STAFF, INCREASING HILL DIVERSITY & GROWING THE PRACTICE OF PAID INTERNSHIPS. HTTPS://T.CO/HQTOQONTRK

— REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ (@REPAOC) JULY 29, 2021

Earlier this month, a federal judge dealt a blow to the DACA program when he ordered the suspension of granting work permits to new applications, as Conservative Brief reported.

However, the order would not take protections away from those who currently benefit from the program.

“Hundreds of thousands of individual DACA recipients, along with their employers, states, and loved ones, have come to rely on the DACA program,” Judge Andrew Hanen said.

“Given those interests, it is not equitable for a government program that has engendered such a significant reliance to terminate suddenly. This consideration, along with the government’s assertion that it is ready and willing to try to remedy the legal defects of the DACA program indicates that equity will not be served by a complete and immediate cessation of DACA,” Hanen added.

Over the past week, President Biden and other Democrats have renewed their calls for a pathway to citizenship to be included in the impending budget package that Democrats plan to push forward and pass with or without bipartisan support from the Republicans.

As Reuters reported, Biden said on Sunday that he remained firm in his desire to make that happen but said it “remains to be seen” if it would actually make it into the $3.5 trillion budget measure.

It’s unclear if the Senate will allow such a provision to be included in the package.

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Ilhan Omar urges Democratic leadership to ignore Senate parliamentarian’s immigration ruling

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Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar is calling on the leaders  of her Democrat Party – including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Joe Biden – to disregard the ruling Sunday night by the Senate parliamentarian that disallowed a significant immigration reform members were attempting to fit into their $3.5 trillion spending package.

Omar – a member of the House Democratic Conference’s progressive Squad – said Monday that the best way to deal with the parliamentarian’s ruling is simply to ignore it.

“This ruling by the parliamentarian, is only a recommendation. @SenSchumer and the @WhiteHouse can and should ignore it. We can’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to do the right thing,” tweeted the progressive politician. 

This ruling by the parliamentarian, is only a recommendation. @SenSchumer and the @WhiteHouse can and should ignore it. We can’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to do the right thing. https://t.co/r1T7T7uQIP— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) September 20, 2021

Democrats are attempting to insert a policy into their spending package, which they plan on passing via reconciliation (without the support of any Republicans), that would grant 8 million green cards to illegal immigrants who are in the country for a variety of reasons, including being brought as children and fleeing perilous conditions in their countries of origin.

“The policy changes of this proposal far outweigh the budgetary impact scored to it and it is not appropriate for inclusion in reconciliation,” wrote Elizabeth MacDonough, the parliamentarian.

President Biden and his intra-party rivals focused on policy proposals during the 2020 presidential primary cycle, each promising to overhaul the U.S. immigration system that politicians on both sides of the aisle believe is flawed. However, since assuming office, a crisis at the southern border has unfolded in record time, and the Biden White House has been slow to act.

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This is the Woman Who Saved America from an Increase in ‘Deficit of $130 Billion’

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The irony is rich with the latest bombshell development on amnesty for millions of illegals.

The current Senate Parliamentarian just shot down an effort by Democrats to sneak in amnesty for 8 million illegals. Elizabeth MacDonough (pictured below), was appointed by Democrats when they controlled the Senate in 2012 but she’s been a thorn in the side of the Left since her appointment to the position.

She just shot down the effort on amnesty and a few months ago, she also blocked the inclusion of a minimum wage increase in a Covid bailout bill.

It’s no surprise that Democrats are livid about McDonough’s latest move. Democrat leader Chuck Schumer said he’s “deeply disappointed.”

We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide lawful status for immigrants in budget reconciliation continues.

We will continue fighting to pursue the best path forward to grant them the ability to obtain lawful status.

My statement: pic.twitter.com/5VZjx0D6JT

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 20, 2021

MacDonough is a career civil servant who previously served as a reference assistant in the Senate Library. She studied at George Washington University, where she earned a degree in English literature. and later attended Vermont Law School. She served as a district counsel for the U.S. Justice Department before taking a position as an assistant parliamentarian in 1999. It was a post she would hold for 13 years, before assuming her current role.

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‘Justice for J6’ rally puts spotlight on evidence of political motives behind Jan. 6 prosecutions

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Are the January 6 Capitol riot defendants “political prisoners”?

Some conservative activists and Republicans have used the terminology, including Matt Braynard, organizer of the Sept. 18 “Justice for J6″ rally at the foot of the Capitol. 

The former Trump campaign strategist made the accusation in a complaint against the U.S. with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and said he met with “one of the commissioners” to discuss the complaint.

Mainstream media reacted with scorn. The Associated Press calls the terminology “a stunning effort to revise the narrative of that deadly day,” leaving out that the Capitol Police killed an unarmed protester — the only fatality from a weapon of any kind. 

The Poynter Institute’s PolitiFact rated the language “mostly false,” citing an absence of evidence that defendants “are being prosecuted for those beliefs.” It convinced Facebook-owned Instagram to remove a post making the claim.

But a review of the January 6 defendants’ treatment by the criminal justice system raises questions about how political beliefs may have factored into their prosecutions and incarceration, particularly in comparison to last summer’s racial riots driven by progressive outrage about George Floyd’s death.

Not only are January 6 defendants generally enduring longer periods behind bars for lesser charges than racial rioters, but some of their lawyers seem to believe judges will treat them more favorably if they publicly recant their political beliefs.

A new RealClearInvestigations database contrasts the January 6 prosecutions, in which “dozens” of defendants have been held in pretrial detention for months, with those of Floyd rioters (“several” long detentions) and long-forgotten rioters at President Trump’s inauguration (none). 

“The summer 2020 riots resulted in some 15 times more injured police officers, 30 times as many arrests, and estimated damages in dollar terms up to 1,300 times more costly than those of the Capitol riot,” not to mention “more sophisticated and dangerous tactics,” the database’s introduction reads. 

Yet across 2,000 police officers assaulted or injured and 16,000 arrests, only 44 federal assault charges were filed against racial rioters, a quarter of the total for January 6 defendants. The former had more weapons charges, though.

At least 90% of citations or charges were “dropped, dismissed or otherwise not filed” in most of the dozen major jurisdictions prosecuting racial rioters, while D.C. prosecutors dropped most felony rioting charges. They’re on track to dismiss charges in most cases from riot-friendly Portland, Ore.

At least 50 January 6 defendants have been transferred to D.C. jail from their home states, with “[m]any held without bail on misdemeanor charges in separate D.C. lockup designated for Capitol rioters,” according to the database. 

Lawyers Marty Tankleff and Steven Metcalf, who together represent several defendants, have told Just the News they believe the D.C. transfers have no merit because virtual court hearings were the default under COVID-19 rules until recently.

“It was a well-thought out strategic plan” to get rioters to D.C. and put in the same space, where they can be “mic’d in a cage,” Metcalf said.

The functional absence of attorney-client privilege in D.C. jail facilities is cited in their July 9 bail application for alleged Proud Boy Dominic Pezzola, along with allegations about withheld evidence, “nearly nonexistent” access to showers, and a two-week stint in “the hole” after a broadcast interview with his wife.

An observant Jewish client, Edward Jacob Lang, claims guards disparaged him as a “false prophet” as he prayed for other inmates. His Sept. 3 bail application covers much of the same ground, including the frequency of release on bail for worse charges.File edward-jacob-lang-bail-application.pdf

Lang has spent more than three months total in solitary confinement, including two straight months in the hole “without a single disciplinary ticket,” it says. Guards maced him less than a day after he rejoined the “Patriot Unit,” while he held “a bible in one hand and family photos in the other.”

The application cites an affidavit by another protester, Philip Anderson, who claims Lang saved him from being “killed by the police” at the Capitol as they were beating Trump supporters. “What we have been seeing in the press is not the whole truth,” Lang’s bail motion says, citing selectively released “snippets of videos and snapshots.”

Anderson has said he was holding hands with protester Rosanne Boyland as she died, and blames Capitol Police for her death, which was officially attributed to “acute amphetamine intoxication.”

Widely reported in the media as an “insurrection,” the Capitol riot is not drawing comparable charges, again raising the question of why so many defendants stand to remain in jail until their trials next year.

Civil libertarian Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who helped Edward Snowden reveal National Security Agency surveillance operations, noted none of the defendants had been charged with sedition or treason six months later.

It’s a “perfect symmetry” with the number charged with colluding with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election, Greenwald tweeted. “If you actually believe that what happened on January 6 was an Insurrection (lol), shouldn’t you be enraged at the Biden DOJ for this?”

The “political prisoners” argument is not popular in elite party circles, largely relegated to less influential lawmakers on the right flank.

It’s not clear whether those best situated geographically to advocate for the January 6 defendants — the D.C. Republican and Libertarian parties — have done anything to raise awareness of how they are being treated in D.C. jail. Neither responded to queries.

The Virginia GOP didn’t respond either, though Virginia Rep. Bob Good was part of the House Republican contingent that unsuccessfully pressed the Justice Department for information about the conditions of the incarcerated defendants.

None in that group — Florida’s Matt Gaetz, Georgia’s Marjorie Taylor Greene, Texas’s Louie Gohmert, Arizona’s Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs, and Virginia’s Good — has confirmed they’re attending Saturday’s rally, according to The New York Times.

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