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Dreamer Deal? 2 Senators Submit Bipartisan Immigration Bill

The deadline to come up with a deal is March 5.

By NTK Staff | 02.05.2018 @1:00pm
Dreamer Deal? 2 Senators Submit Bipartisan Immigration Bill

Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Chris Coons (D-DE) offered up a bipartisan immigration bill Monday that protects so-called “Dreamers” from deportation while ramping up funding for border security.

The Senate bill mirrors legislation already introduced in the House by Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX) and Pete Aguilar (D-CA). That bill has 54 co-sponsors, “27 Republicans and 27 Democrats,” according to CBS News.

The Associated Press has more on the details of the McCain-Coons legislation:

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Chris Coons, D-Del., are the authors of legislation, which faces an unclear fate. They said in a statement that it was designed to focus on two “pressing” border issues — the “Dreamers” and border security — so lawmakers could focus on completing a long-overdue budget deal.

The measure lacks Trump’s demands for limiting the relatives that “Dreamers” can sponsor for citizenship, and ending a visa lottery aimed at admitting more immigrants from diverse places including Africa.

The bill, perhaps most notably, does not “explicitly” provide money for a border wall with Mexico. That could be problematic because even if the House and Senate pass this legislation, there is the chance that President Trump could veto it for not including funding for the wall. Though he did not mention any legislation specifically, Trump tweeted this Monday morning:

A poll released last month showed 75 percent of Americans want Congress to come up with a deal to allow Dreamers to stay in the United States. The deadline for a deal to protect Dreamers is March 5.

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