bipartisan group of senators has struck a deal on legislation that
would shield hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation,
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told reporters Thursday.
got this bipartisan group, we're at a deal," the senator said,
according to NBC News. "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."
Shortly after Flake's comments, a spokesman for Sen. Dick Durbin,
D-Ill., said talks were still ongoing, according to Reuters. Durbin is a
member of the bipartisan group and an early proponent of legislation to
shield those immigrants.
It is unclear what a Senate bill would contain or whether the White House or House lawmakers would support it.
said that he expects a bill to get released by the end of the week.
However, he doubts it could get passed by Jan. 19, the government
shutdown deadline that top Democrats have set as a target to pass an
Democrats' insistence on passing an immigration
bill by the funding deadline has raised concerns about the possibility
of a government shutdown. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has
said he wants to address DACA and keeping the government open in
separate pieces of legislation.
Republicans have sought some form of funding for measures to curb illegal immigration as part of a deal. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump insisted on an agreement that includes funding for his proposed border wall, a day after he told bipartisan lawmakers he would sign whatever they passed.
is part of a bipartisan group of senators seeking a legislative
solution after Trump ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals program. If Congress cannot extend the protections for the
young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children,
they could face deportation after the program starts to expire on March
On Wednesday, several House Republicans released their own
hardline immigration bill. The plan would aim to limit family-based or
so-called chain migration, end the visa lottery system and beef up
border security measures.
Democrats are unlikely to agree to some of those measures.
Thursday, Flake said the physical structure Trump has called for does
not need to be a "wall" but "more of a fence." He stressed the need for
"surveillance" and "man power" in tandem with that.
nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation and
allowed them to work legally in the U.S. Democrats and many Republicans
in Congress supporting legislation enshrining those protections.
hardline supporters of Trump — who ran on a pledge to crack down on
immigration — have criticized his talks about a bipartisan DACA
The Trump administration recently set an $18 billion
price tag over a decade for the border wall — a hefty bill even for