Originally Published in CNN
Manu Raju - March 16, 2021
"I don't see a means for reaching that," Durbin, the Senate majority whip, told CNN when asked about the pathway to citizenship. "I want it. I think we are much more likely to deal with discrete elements."
To move such a plan, the Senate would need 60 votes to overcome a likely GOP filibuster
attempt, something that would be difficult given the roiling politics on immigration and ongoing problems at the border that Republicans are pointing to as a demand for far stricter policies. A growing number of Democrats have pushed to gut the filibuster in order to move legislation through the narrowly divided chamber with just 51 votes, but several Democrats oppose such a move, meaning the 60-vote threshold will remain indefinitely.
Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, indicated that it's more likely that Congress would be able to move specific pieces of immigration policy, rather than a comprehensive immigration bill that advocates have been trying to enact for more than a decade. Durbin pointed to the decision by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to move this week on two specific pieces -- a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, known as Dreamers, as well as legal protections for farm workers -- as a clear indication of where this Congress is headed.