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Politics GOP senators float fallback plan to protect Dreamers

01:27  16 february  2018
01:27  16 february  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Three Republican senators floated a fallback plan Thursday to protect hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants facing deportation in exchange for billion in border The trio of Republican senators unveiled their backup plan after the Senate defeated three proposals to protect Dreamers .

Three Republican senators floated a fallback plan Thursday to protect hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants facing deportation in exchange for billion in border security. Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (S.D.), Sen .

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Three Republican senators floated a fallback plan Thursday to protect hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants facing deportation in exchange for $25 billion in border security.

Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (S.D.), Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) floated a measure that would extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program indefinitely in exchange for $25 billion in border security funding.

It would require DACA recipients to reapply to the program every two years and cap expenditures for border security infrastructure at $5 billion year.

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Sen . John Thune hailed the backstop plan as "commonsense legislation.".

Three Republican senators floated a fallback plan Thursday to protect hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants facing deportation in exchange for billion in border security. Senate GOP Senators Propose Bill To Protect Dreamers From Being Deported - dieharddemocrat.com.

President Trump rescinded DACA in September and gave Congress a March 5 deadline for replacing it. President Obama established the program in 2012 with an executive order, drawing criticism from Republicans, who said he exceeded his constitutional authority.

Thune hailed the backstop plan to protect Dreamers as "commonsense legislation" that would extend permanent protection and take a "meaningful step toward enhancing border security."

Portman called it "a sensible and fair solution" that would "codify the protections for the DACA population while also putting in place stronger border security measures consistent with the president's proposal."

The bill would also require the secretary of Homeland Security to make annual report to the Senate and House Homeland Security panels about the status of fence construction along the U.S.-Mexico border and the estimated number of unlawful crossings.

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The trio of Republican senators unveiled their backup plan after the Senate defeated three proposals to protect so-called Dreamers.

An amendment favored by President Trump that would have created a path to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants who entered the country illegally, allocated $25 billion for border security, limited the weight of family relationships in granting green cards and overhauling the visa lottery program failed by a lopsided vote of 39 to 60.

A narrower bill backed by centrist Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Angus King (I-Maine) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), which would have created a path to citizenship for Dreamers in exchange for $25 billion in border funds, fell six votes short of the 60-vote hurdle needed to advance.

It is unclear when, or if, the Senate will return to immigration legislation. The chamber is out of session next week for the Presidents Day recess.

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Flake said he will introduce a three-year extension next week.Flake's plan would pair a three-year extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with $7.6 billion in border security.

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