A bipartisan group of senators has negotiated an immigration reform package to protect so-called “Dreamers” and enhance border security, Politico reports. But so far, the proposal has not won key White House support.
President Trump on Thursday organized a meeting to hear the plan, which includes $2.7 billion for border security (including the long-promised wall). The legislation would also provide a 12-year path to citizenship for most DACA participants.
Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) released a joint statement.
“We have been working for four months and have reached an agreement in principle that addresses border security, the diversity visa lottery, chain migration/family reunification, and the Dream Act,” the senators said. “We are now working to build support for that deal in Congress,” they added.
One White House official, Marc Short, said Trump has not approved the plan. Democrats and conservatives also seem likely to fight the legislation.
Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., dismissed the draft agreement. “Not even a fig leaf. It’s a pine needle.”
Meanwhile, three minority congressional caucuses have already expressed their disapproval. Many are upset that the plan could affect family sponsorship laws.
“Any discussion like that needs to be part of a comprehensive immigration reform discussion, not just something that is isolated,” Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, said.
Immigration reform is currently among the top legislative issues in Washington.
Politico reports that chain migration would also change. Parents who illegally bring their children to the United States would not be eligible for citizen sponsorship by their children. However, the parents of Dreamers would be able to obtain a three-year, renewable legal status.
Any proposed agreement would need approval from the White House and congressional leadership to move forward.