A group of House Democrats is unveiling their own plan for border security and immigration reform, another sign that the left is gradually growing to embrace discussions about how to solve the American immigration crisis.

The New Democratic Coalition, a group of nearly 100 lawmakers that bills itself as “center-left,” unveiled a framework that called for more manpower at the southern border and inside immigration courts, as well as more pathways to residency. legal and citizenship for workers. , “Dreamers” and others.

Among other measures, the plan would permanently authorize a program that would allow international medical students studying in the United States to legally remain in the country after completing their studies. It would also expand legal avenues for migrant farmworkers and establish a new nonimmigrant work visa category for U.S. industries experiencing labor shortages.

It would also include a legal path for people who came here illegally but have been working and paying taxes for at least five years, as long as they pay a fine and pass a criminal background check.

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Annie Kuster

New Democratic Coalition Chairwoman Annie Kuster unveiled her group’s plan for immigration and border security reform. (Getty Images)

On the law enforcement front, the plan called for increasing the number of border agents at ports of entry by at least 500 and increasing the pay of some Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers.

The Democratic framework would also create an independent judicial system for immigration courts and increase the number of judges to reduce the current backlog of cases.

To manage the flow of immigrants arriving in the United States to be processed to apply for asylum, it would also create “new regional processing centers” in South and Central America where immigrants are granted interviews and their cases begin to be addressed. They would be considered for legal entry to “participating nations” such as Canada and Spain, in addition to the United States.

It’s part of a general shift among Democratic Party figures that has seen mainstream liberals admit the need to reform the U.S. immigration system.

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Tom Suozzi

Rep.-elect Tom Suozzi scored a critical victory for Democrats largely by eschewing progressive politics and focusing on border and local issues. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremías)

On Tuesday, Rep.-elect Tom Suozzi, D-N.Y., won a closely watched special election to succeed ousted Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., after empathizing with voters’ concerns about the border.

Both parties funneled millions of dollars into the race, but Suozzi achieved the critical victory for his party – and reduced the Republican majority in the House – by running a campaign that largely eschewed progressive ideals.

“Their candidate ran as a Republican. He sounded like a Republican talking about the border and immigration because everyone knows that’s the number one issue,” Chairman Mike Johnson, R-La., said of Suozzi during a news conference Wednesday. .

A recent Fox News poll found that nearly eight in 10 voters think the border is a major problem: 34% said it was an emergency and 45% said it was a major problem.

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President Biden has increasingly referred to the border situation as a “crisis.” (Jim Watson)

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President Biden himself has noticeably sharpened his rhetoric on the border, particularly amid talks between the Senate and the White House over a now-defunct plan to provide aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan while reviewing US border security.

He has called the border situation a “crisis” multiple times and even promised to close the border if Congress gave him the power to do so, angering his progressive allies.

Biden said the border was in “crisis” in April 2021, but the White House walked back his statement at the time.

By Sam