President Joe Biden said on Thursday that a big budget bill being written by Democrats in Congress should tackle immigration.

'I think we should include in reconciliation the immigration proposal,' Biden told reporters as he left for Walter Reed, as first lady Jill Biden is getting a procedure done there. 'My staff is putting out a message right now,' the president added. 

Biden wants there to be a pathway to citizienship for so-called 'Dreamers,' undocumented Americans who were brought to the country as kid. 

President Joe Biden told reporters Thursday evening that he wanted to see an immigration proposal as part of the $3.5 trillion budget bill

President Joe Biden told reporters Thursday evening that he wanted to see an immigration proposal as part of the $3.5 trillion budget bill 

The president has said he wants to see a pathway to citizenship for so-called 'Dreamers,' currently not available under the DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - program

The president has said he wants to see a pathway to citizenship for so-called 'Dreamers,' currently not available under the DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - program 

Earlier Thursday, Biden had met with a group of Democratic lawmakers on DACA, whic stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.      

'It went very well,' Biden said of the meeting. 

Senate Democratic leaders this month told other members the budget measure would open the door to legislation on climate measures, social spending, and extension of a child tax credit.

However, it remains unclear if the Senate parliamentarian, who decides which provisions may be included in a budget package, will approve inclusion of an immigration measure.


DACA protects recipients from deportation, grants them work authorization and access to driver's licenses, and in some cases better access to financial aid for education. 

It does not provide a path to citizenship.

People protected under DACA primarily are young Hispanic adults born in Mexico and countries in Central and South America who were brought to the United States as children.

Biden also said he believed Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema - who said Wednesday she doesn't support the $3.5 trillion budget bill - would eventually come along. 

'She's on board for passing if in fact she sees all the pieces of it. That’s why she allowed the budget to go forward,' Biden said. 

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