A group of bipartisan legislators revealed a deal on limited border security and a DACA fix yesterday. Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) and Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) introduced a bill along with 50 cosponsors. Here are the main details on the bill:
“The bill would offer qualifying individuals the ability to get in line for a green card and eventual citizenship after years of conditional residency, provided they meet certain requirements, including a background check and work, education or military service requirements. The bill doesn’t make explicit reference to sponsoring relatives, but the bill summary notes that existing law would prohibit parents of these individuals who came to the US illegally to apply for a visa to come back without returning to their home country for at least 10 years before applying and the bill does nothing to erase that requirement. That addresses “chain migration,” or family-based migration, that Trump says he wants to cut.”
There was also a ‘gang of six’ deal that involved Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Il) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Within minutes of its release, Sen. Tom Cotton killed it:
Might as well roll it straight into the trash can … mass amnesty far beyond DACA, fake border security, no end to chain migration. https://t.co/pkpCrJxXfa
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) January 17, 2018
And the White House followed suit. President Trump will not support this deal and Congressional leaders announced that it would not get a vote.
It is looking clearer that President Trump is not interested in mass amnesty for illegal aliens. And he shouldn’t, it’s an issue that would polarize the country if enacted.
Here is the summary of the bill: