The $3.5 trillion budget resolution introduced Monday by Senate Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders includes billions of dollars for Congress to establish a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, giving progressives a reason to cheer.\r\n\r\n\u0022Democrats should keep their eyes on what America wants, not what Republicans want Americans to fear.\u0022\r\n—Frank Sharry, America\u0026#039;s Voice\r\n\r\n\u0022We will bring undocumented people out of the shadows and provide them with a pathway to citizenship, including those who courageously kept our economy running in the middle of a deadly pandemic,\u0022 said\u0026nbsp;Sanders (I-Vt.), chair of the Senate Budget Committee and key architect of what he called \u0022the most consequential piece of legislation for working people, the elderly, the children, the sick, and the poor since FDR and the New Deal of the 1930s.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe Senate Judiciary Committee has been given $107 billion and a \u0022soft deadline\u0022 of September 15,\u0026nbsp;The Hill reported. While \u0022the package does not specify how many people or which groups would be covered by the legislation,\u0022 it instructs the committee to provide \u0022lawful permanent status for qualified immigrants\u0022 as well as green cards \u0022to millions of immigrant workers and families,\u0022 the news outlet noted. Lawmakers are also expected to allocate a portion of the funds for \u0022border security.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe New York Times reported late last week that Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the second highest-ranking Democrat in the upper chamber, proposed using the filibuster-proof reconciliation process to create a pathway to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, farmworkers, and other essential workers.\r\n\r\nAccording to The Hill, \u0022Democrats could make around 10 million people eligible for a path to citizenship—just shy of the 11 million people who would be affected by a bill from [President Joe] Biden that has stalled in Congress.\u0022\r\n\r\nImmigrant rights groups argued that the budget resolution\u0026#039;s inclusion of funding to facilitate citizenship for millions of undocumented people is the direct result of longstanding organizing efforts across the country.\r\n\r\nThe National Immigration Law Center celebrated Monday\u0026#039;s news, declaring that \u0022this is our moment to win citizenship.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022This is a historic moment,\u0022 said Frank Sharry, executive director of America\u0026#039;s Voice. \u0022The full weight of the Democratic Party is on board to legalize millions of hardworking immigrants who have helped America in our hour of need and who are deeply interwoven into our families and neighborhoods. It is not only a validation of the broad support by the American people for pathways to citizenship, but a recognition that to build our way out of this pandemic—to Build Back Better—we cannot afford to leave anyone behind.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Citizenship for America\u0026#039;s workforce is an investment in the American economy,\u0022 Sharry continued. \u0022Immigrant youth, TPS holders, farmworkers, and essential workers are a key component of our labor force and our economy and are indispensable to our communities throughout the country. By allowing them to apply for a path to citizenship, we will reap the benefits of higher wages, reduced deficits, and accelerated GDP growth.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022We anticipate that Republicans will do everything they can to knock citizenship out of the budget resolution,\u0022 he added. \u0022They will deploy their fear-mongering and border-first talking points. But the overwhelming bipartisan support\u0026nbsp;of the American people for citizenship for immigrants should prevail. Democrats should keep their eyes on what America wants, not what Republicans want Americans to fear.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAccording to a Data for Progress survey (pdf) conducted last month, 70% of likely voters—including 82% of Democrats, 75% of Independents, and 53% of Republicans—support establishing a path to citizenship for Dreamers, farmworkers, essential workers, and immigrants with TPS.\r\n\r\nThe Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) also applauded \u0022the inclusion of immigration reform provisions in the budget resolution,\u0022 while urging senators \u0022to oppose anti-immigrant amendments that could threaten the package\u0026#039;s prospects in the House of Representatives.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Providing a pathway to citizenship for the millions of Dreamers, TPS holders, farmworkers, and essential workers will be monumental for our economic recovery and is clearly pertinent to the budget reconciliation process,\u0022 Democratic Reps. Raul Ruiz (Calif.), Veronica Escobar (Texas), and Adriano Espaillat (N.Y.), said in a statement. \u0022As the Senate undergoes the budget reconciliation process, we call on our colleagues to oppose provisions that would undermine immigration reform efforts.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022The CHC remains a strong advocate for immigrant communities across our country and will continue working to ensure immigration is part of the budget reconciliation process, which will benefit our economy and our recovery,\u0022 added CHC Chair Ruiz and CHC Immigration Executive Orders and Budget Reconciliation Sub-Task Force Co-Chairs Escobar and Espaillat.\r\n\r\nAlthough several people, including Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), argued\u0026nbsp;Monday that granting citizenship to millions of undocumented workers will have a \u0022major budgetary impact\u0022 and therefore should qualify for the reconciliation process, the move will be reviewed by Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, an unelected official.\r\n\r\nMacDonough provoked outrage in February when she recommended—and Vice President Kamala Harris chose to accept—that a $15 minimum wage provision not be included in Democrats\u0026#039; Covid-19 relief bill because she viewed it as a violation of the so-called Byrd Rule, which requires that all provisions of a reconciliation package have a direct, rather than \u0022merely incidental,\u0022 impact on the federal budget.\r\n\r\nLast month, Biden was denounced for saying that he would defer to the advice of MacDonough as to whether Democratic lawmakers can use budget reconciliation to approve a pathway to citizenship.\r\n\r\nBiden\u0026#039;s comments came just three days after a federal judge ruled that the DACA program—which has shielded hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation since it was implemented in 2012—is illegal.\r\n\r\n\u0022Are we going to let an unelected person decide on the lives of folks with DACA?\u0022 asked\u0026nbsp;immigrant rights organizer Cristina Jiménez in response to Biden\u0026#039;s deference to the parliamentarian.