A bipartisan group of Senators have reportedly reached a landmark agreement on immigration reform; hashing out a variety of differences just days after a historic round-table discussion hosted by President Trump.
The deal comes as US lawmakers struggle to forge a path forward regarding DACA; scrambling to find a permanent solution before the program is scheduled to end in mere months. Hundreds of thousands of ‘Dreamers’ hang in the balance as Sen. Jeff Flake announced the breakthrough Thursday afternoon.
“We’ve got this bipartisan group, we’re at a deal,” the Senator said “So we’ll be talking to the White House about that and I hope we can move forward with it. It’s the only game in town. There’s no other bill.”
While the details of the agreement are not publicly known, President Trump has made it clear that any legislation regarding DACA must be accompanied with funding for a border wall on the United States’ southern border with Mexico.
The President was speaking with reporters Wednesday when he was asked whether he would sign any immigration bill without border security funding.
“It’s got to include the wall. We need the wall for security. We need the wall for safety. We need the wall for stopping the flow of drugs coming in,” Trump said at news conference. “Any solution has to include the wall, because without the wall, it all doesn’t work.”
NO DEAL: Trump Says NO ‘Dreamer’ Deal without BORDER WALL
President Donald Trump doubled-down on his demand for a border will with liberal lawmakers this week, saying Democrats must “fully understand” that there will be no deal on DACA without a “desperately needed” physical barrier along the US border with Mexico.
The President drew his line in the sand on social media Friday, informing legislators that there would be no agreement on Barack Obama’s recently repealed DACA program without funding for a border wall and an end to “chain migration” into the United States.
“The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc. We must protect our Country at all cost!” Trump tweeted.
The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc. We must protect our Country at all cost!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
DACA, also know as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was officially terminated earlier this year.
The program protects over 800,000 young people, or ‘Dreamers,’ from deportation. The President announced he was ending the program last September, but urged Congress to address the issue in the near future.