Editorial: Ignore Senate parliamentarian on immigration reform

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The Seattle Times

Senate Democrats face a stark choice on immigration: improve the lives of millions of immigrants by giving them a path to legal residency — a move that would also prove a boon to the nation’s economy — or hide behind a procedural recommendation and expose their rhetoric as empty promises. It shouldn’t be hard to make the right call. The Senate parliamentarian determined last week that the Democrats’ proposal to provide legal status to roughly 8 million people falls outside the boundaries of what can be done through budget reconciliation, a process that allows a simple majority to pass a bill i…

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