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The Senate Parliamentarian on Wednesday rejected Democrats’ second attempt to try to include a pathway to legalization for immigrants in a bill that could be passed with just Democratic support, a source tells CNN.

Privately, they acknowledge that the Senate parliamentarian may have doomed their effort. Publicly, they’re floating a new strategy.

A key Senate advisor on Sunday said existing rules will not allow Democrats to include a pathway to citizenship for up to 8 million immigrants as part of their upcoming social safety net bill, a significant setback for Democrats, President Biden and so-called Dreamers, immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

The ruling is a setback for immigration reform advocates working on behalf of the country’s nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Senate Democrats likely will not be able to include a pathway to legalization for millions of immigrants in their $3.5 trillion bill to expand the country’s social safety net after new guidance from the Senate parliamentarian Sunday night.

As congressional Democrats renew their push to pass a sweeping budget reconciliation measure, the Senate parliamentarian heard arguments from both parties on Friday about whether immigration legislation should be included in the proposed $3.5 trillion package.

The Senate parliamentarian is planning to hear dueling arguments Friday over whether Democrats can include a pathway to legal status for certain undocumented immigrants in their $3.5 trillion social spending plan, according to two sources familiar with the matter.