(Update 3:38 p.m.): President Trump reportedly rejected the deal presented to him by Sens. Graham and Durbin. There appears to be no acceptable deal on DACA.
Trump rejects Graham/Dubin gang #DACA fix at Oval Office meet today
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Original story below:
As House Republicans propose an immigration bill conservatives could gladly support, Senate Republicans seem to be moving to the Left on immigration.
A bipartisan immigration deal to grant amnesty to so-called “Dreamers” and take steps toward securing the border has reportedly been reached in the U.S. Senate. The Washington Post reports that a group including Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., are presenting the framework of their DACA plan to the White House Thursday.
“We’ve got this bipartisan group, we’re at a deal,” Sen. Flake told reporters Thursday. “So we’ll be talking to the White House about that and I hope we can move forward with it. It’s the only game in town. There’s no other bill.”
According to the Post, the bill will include “legal protections for dreamers; changes in security along the U.S.-Mexico border, restrictions on family migration policy, which some conservatives deride as ‘chain migration,’ and changes to a diversity lottery system that grants visas to 55,000 people from countries with low immigration each year.”
The exact details and language of the Senate deal have not been released, but here’s a reason for conservatives to be skeptical. Notably absent from that description is any talk of funding for a wall along the southern border.
President Donald Trump has been insistent that any DACA deal must include wall funding.
“We need the wall for security. We need the wall for safety. We need the wall to stop the drugs from pouring in,” the president said at a news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg Wednesday. “I would imagine the people in the room, both Democrat and Republican — I really believe they are going to come up with a solution to the DACA problem that’s been going on for a long time, and maybe beyond that, immigration as a whole.”
In the House of Representatives, a bill introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., includes several key provisions that must be the bare minimum for any conservative legislation. The House bill immediately eliminates family-based chain migration, defunds sanctuary cities, compels businesses to implement an E-verify system, abolishes the diversity visa lottery, and authorizes funding for the border wall, along with several other provisions conservatives have been pushing for.
The expectation, however, is that this conservative bill could not pass the House of Representatives, as it faces intense opposition from Democrats and even some Republicans. Complicating any effort at immigration reform is the complete, radical opposition of the Democratic Party rank-and-file to basic border security measures.
Democrats in the House of Representatives are “horrified” that their leadership is in talks with Republicans to give anything less than amnesty for Dreamers and anything more than nominal border security measures. Senate Democrats like Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and her partner in radicalism Kamala Harris, D-Calif., have each voiced support for a clean DACA deal without any of the border security measures conservatives demand.
“I believe we need to pass a ‘clean’ Dream Act,” Sen. Harris said. “If we’re going to talk about, you know, all these other factors, then let’s just talk about comprehensive immigration reform.”
As Democrats seem set to revolt, some pro-amnesty Republicans are willing to give up more to the Left to strike a deal. Sen. Flake has opened the door to legalizing a form of DAPA — Deferred Action for Parents of Americans — the Obama administration amnesty executive order that was blocked by federal courts as unconstitutional.
To address conservative concerns about “chain migration,” the senators are proposing that undocumented parents who brought a child to the United States illegally would not be able to access a pathway to citizenship based on being sponsored by their children, said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). But the parents of Dreamers would be able to obtain a three-year provisional legal status that could be renewed, Flake said.
“We’ve got to get to 60 votes. In order to get 60 votes, you’ve got to get a bipartisan bill,” Flake said. “I don’t see any other game in town.” (Emphasis added.)
So now Congress is no longer talking about amnesty for the so-called “Dreamers,” but for their parents too. With a growing sense of urgency as the March deadline to grant legal protected status to DACA recipients approaches, what else will Republicans be willing to give up?
Editor’s note: The title and subtitle of this article have been amended to reflect that President Donald Trump reportedly rejected the bipartisan deal presented to him.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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