A short-term fix for the Obama-era program to protect Dreamers has been paired with three years of border security funding in a new bipartisan bill introduced Tuesday, The Hill reported.
The legislation from Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., calls for a three-year extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with $7.6 billion for the Trump administration’s border plan, The Hill reported.
“I’ll be the first to admit this ‘three-for-three’ approach is far from a perfect solution, but it would provide a temporary fix by beginning the process of improving border security and ensuring DACA recipients will not face potential deportation,” Flake said in a statement, The Hill reported.
Heitkamp added “this is a bipartisan path forward that would fund significant security improvements at our borders and allow Congress to continue to work toward a long-term solution for Dreamers,” The Hill reported.
The Senate has rejected three immigration proposals that would have included permanent protections for 1.8 million illegal immigrants brought into the country as children, the news outlet noted.
Senators are now aiming for a short-term fix — potentially dropping the provision into next month’s government funding bill.
Any proposal, either as a stand-alone bill or as part of spending bill, would need 60 votes to ultimately clear the chamber — and Democratic aides are privately skeptical about accepting a temporary DACA fix in exchange for what would be permanent sections of the wall, The Hill reported.
Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., have also introduced a plan to attach legal protections for current DACA recipients to a $25 billion border wall trust fund, The Hill noted.
The Supreme Court has rejected the Trump administration’s request to leapfrog over an appeals court and hear its request to overturn an injunction requiring DACA to stay on the books while ligation plays out.
The decision puts off the March 5 deadline that President Donald Trump had set for the expiration of DACA.