Senators from both sides of the aisle have proposed legislation to end the separation of illegal immigrant families, prompting a new battle over how to ensure children’s safety and family integrity while also enforcing the law.
President Donald Trump and his administration continued to aggressively defend its policy of separating children from parents who enter the country illegally as public backlash to the policy intensified and Republicans on Capitol Hill sought a solution.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) intends to introduce a short-term immigration bill when the Senate returns next week that will trade a temporary reprieve for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in exchange for funding for President Donald Trump’s push for more border security.
The Senate returned to square one on immigration Thursday afternoon, rejecting three proposed plans to resolve the plight of recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and address the future of America’s immigration system.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday officially backed an immigration reform proposal put forward by a number of Senate immigration hawks, including Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), which is designed to mirror the immigration priorities the White House issued last month.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) told reporters Wednesday that he could see himself supporting President Donald Trump’s four-pillar immigration plan, which is slated to be considered in bill form on the Senate floor.