When it comes to DACA, Trump always has the last word
The Republican leaders in the Senate will only give the House two days to approve an immigration bill that will protect the 700,000 Dreamers who have been left without relief. However, Republicans will not approve any proposal “that the President wouldn’t sign.”
After two government shutdowns and a long display of Republican tribalism, Congress still does not have a clear picture of the future for the hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children.
Between political maneuvering and internal manipulation, the Trump Administration has achieved everything it intended to, including a ridiculous budget that will only lead the country to unsustainable debt.
After Republican leader Mitch McConnell promised a solution to the situation, Congress faced a week where the answers had to be put on the table and voted on.
As reported by Politico, several moderate members in both parties of the Senate have managed to outline a proposal that should be unveiled later on Wednesday, but they’re facing again a reluctant Republican majority that has decided not to yield to any plan that does not contain the four pillars required by President Trump.
"The starting point should be something that we know the president will support," said Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). "If it doesn’t have a reasonable approach to each of the four pillars, I can’t support it."
The plan would propose, according to the investigation of the media, about $25 billion for border security and the wall, a path for citizenship for 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants and restrictions on those immigrants’ parents becoming citizens, according to what Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) explained.
For the less optimistic, the risk of an agreement drafted at the last minute and with a short period of time is the lack of necessary agreement between both sides and the neglect of the case.
"We can do what we have done for the past 35 years, just quit and continue this mess. Or we can make this a substantial down payment on fixing a broken system," Graham continued.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the president asked all senators, of both parties "to support the Grassley bill and to oppose any legislation that fails to fulfill these four pillars." Trump referred to the proposal sponsored by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), which is the only one that the president would be willing to sign.
On the other hand, some more radical democrats have succumbed to emergency positions. For example, Bernie Sanders said he was willing to "pony up big for border security if that’s what it takes," the Washington Post reported. "I would go much further than I think is right. Unwillingly. Unhappily I think it's a stupid thing to do," said the Vermont Senator. "But we have to protect the Dreamers. I am willing to make some painful concessions."
Likewise, the leader of the Democrat minority, Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Said that "the Democrats are focused like a laser on finding a bipartisan bill that can pass the Senate and protect the Dreamers. Several moderate Republicans are working towards that as well," he said. "The only person who seems most intent on not getting a deal is President Trump."