There is news that key senate republicans are privately meeting and discussing measures to devise a legislative fix for Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
We know that recently President Trump announced that the DACA program is cancelled and approximately 700,000 DACA beneficiaries are expected to lose their work authorizations and also face deportation starting early next year.
According to sources Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, has convened a working group on immigration that includes himself, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), and GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and James Lankford of Oklahoma, as well as other lawmakers. Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Jeff Flake of Arizona also are among the Republicans who have been engaged in the talks.
These influential Republican Senators are eager to craft a legislative fix that could pass the muster with both the President and the Democrats. They are finding additional ways to accommodate the White House’s immigration wish list to appease the conservatives but which will not alienate Democrats as well.
The agenda of discussions also include provisions for border security, reducing chain migration, and changing the U.S. immigration system in to a merit based system.
Nothing has been announced or shared specifically as yet. Discussions are being held with regards to different provisions. One of the provision mentions transforming the U.S. immigration system to one based primarily on economic needs rather than family ties, without slashing the number of green cards as some conservative senators have proposed.
One of the legislation that is being considered is the so-called chain migration concerns. The legislation aims at barring Dreamers who benefit from their bill from sponsoring relatives until they obtain U.S. citizenship. Under the current law, green card holders can sponsor spouses and children for permanent residency.
Senator Jeff Flake is pitching his own measure which is combination of DACA fix with about $1.6 billion in more border security and language making it easier for immigrants affiliated with gangs to be deported. The veteran immigration deal-maker has shared his plan not only with Democrats but with Vice President Mike Pence, as mentioned by him in a recent interview.
We hope that the Members of the Congress will release the details of the bill at the earliest and it would take into consideration the various reasons and grounds before arriving at a conclusion.
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