Senators, White House lay groundwork for Dreamers deal

Officials of the White House and top senators are on the verge of laying the groundwork for a very important immigration deal for the month of January for resolving the fate of the young immigrants who are undocumented and whose legal protections were put in an intermediate state by US president Donald Trump. A meeting was held in the afternoon on Tuesday where about a dozen senators were present who are deeply involved in the policy that is related to immigration. John Kelly who is the chief of staff in the White House commented that the administration will present a list of border security and other changes in the policy very soon which it wants as an element of a wider deal on the so-called Dreamers. This is per the people who had attended the meeting held on Tuesday afternoon.

The senators stated that the plan could come within a few days. On the other hand, about six senators have been negotiating on the fact that a bipartisan package that was prompted by the decision of the US president Donald Trump for killing the Deferred Action for the Childhood Arrivals program, which is an executive action during the time of the former president of the United States Barack Obama that granted work permits to about 800,000 immigrants who were undocumented and came to the US as minors. But still the senators could not completely flush out a deal before they knew what Donald Trump was ready to sign.

Senator Jeff Flake who has been negotiating a compromise for the Deferred Action for the Childhood Arrivals program for a number of weeks stated in an interview after the meeting with Kelly that they could not finish this particular bill until they knew where the administration was. He also clearly mentioned that this is the reason why this particular meeting was so crucial. The White House and Congressional Republicans had said quite a long time ago that any Deferred Action for the Childhood Arrivals program deal was required it to be paired with security and other enforcement measures. Democrats are of the viewpoint that this is fine as long as the provisions were not too onerous. But the question of border security has been one of the sticking points for a number of weeks, as the senators swapped proposals without cutting a deal up until now.

March 20, 2018 - 11:16
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