Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is preparing a fallback measure that might extend Obama-era legal protections for young undocumented immigrants paired with some border security funding if Congress does not come up with a broader agreement on so-called Dreamers.
That result is the one which few on Capitol Hill want, yet it could possibly become reality as lawmakers find it hard to reach a broader immigration deal that satisfies the Trump administration yet garners sufficient support from congressional Democrats.
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In a pen-and-pad with reporters Thursday morning, Flake said he believes Democrats would ultimately back a legislative punt on Dreamers, “if looking at that.”
Still, “that could well be considered failing by all of us to not do something permanent now,” Flake said. “This continues to be simply too desire us while others to hold back. But I think, in the end, they’d take that.”
Whether a brief, legislative extension with the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is just what will find President Donald Trump’s desk is much from clear. White House chief of staff John Kelly said the 2009 week that he would advise against an extremely punt, although he signaled it is ultimately Trump’s call.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is preparing an open, freewheeling floor debate on immigration in a month’s time – an operation which has no guaranteed outcome. Amendments will be submitted Monday to your bare-bones base bill.
In addition to the fallback measure, Flake said they’re preparing a far more “fulsome” plan that addresses Trump’s policy demands on immigration: status for Dreamers, restrictions to family-based immigration laws, a ban on the diversity visa lottery and increased border funds.
Trump gave lawmakers until March 5 to give legislation that may protect Dreamers and grant them the cabability to work. Although the administration and congressional Republicans have demanded smaller policies inturn.
The early March deadline is also far more flexible because of a court ruling who has ordered the administration to use renewal applications from immigrants who’ve already obtained permits in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Yet lawmakers still feel some feeling of urgency a thing as Dreamers live in legal limbo, plus the midterm political season gets hotter.
“A great number of Democrats, most of the base, from what I hear, is simply saying: ‘Forget it. Wait for midterms,'” Flake said. “It’s not quite as if we hold all of the cards here as Republicans.”
Later on Thursday, senators which have met regularly on immigration said they provided progress on a possible amendment how the group could offer within the immigration debate monday.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who convened the viewers at her office, told reporters the senators are “pretty close” to hammering out an offer, but that this wasn’t certain it becomes offered a few weeks. In addition, Collins said it depends the individuals the coalition could offer multiple amendments.
“There will likely be a few, but it’s too quickly to share with at the moment,” she said.”There’s still a great deal of discussion taking place.”
Ted Hesson brought about this report.