Durbin has introduced the DREAM Act in various iterations throughout the last 16 years and received minor victories, although none of the bills managed to pass both the House and Senate at the same time.
“We all agree that President Trump’s decision to end DACA is a despicable act of political cowardice”, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said.
Democrats said they want a “clean” Dream Act, meaning a bill that only deals with perhaps 2 million illegal immigrants brought to the U.S.as children who have worked toward a high school education and have kept a relatively clean criminal record. “I thought Attorney General [Jeff] Sessions’ comments on this were inappropriate and really didn’t reflect what the president had been saying over and over, about we love the dreamers”. I’ve been at this a long time.
“The members of Congress have a choice: They can let the program be phased out and these young people be subject to deportation, or they can sign this petition for the BRIDGE Act“, Coffman told The Denver Channel on Monday. They’ve heard their stories, they’ve met them. And it’s coming through on a bipartisan basis. “So we should afford them – as long as they’re willing to be productive members of society, which majority are – we should afford them the opportunity to be fully recognized as Americans and to gain legal status in this country”.
“There was a smile on his face and for those of us who have followed his career in the Senate it was no surprise”.
“You’re going to see a surge of Democrats going to the bill, and I think that does put additional pressure on Republicans”, a Democratic congressional aide said.
This legislation, however, would require significant support from Republicans, who already have immigration bills of their own floating around Congress.
Congress could pass a standalone bill to address DACA specifically, but the White House has made it clear that they want “comprehensive reform”, as White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during the Tuesday briefing, after dodging a question about whether the president would sign a bill that addresses DACA specifically.
“And so it’s only reasonable and fitting that we also address the root cause of the problem, which is borders that are not sufficiently controlled, while we address this very real and very human problem that’s right in front of us”.
Trump has pressed for tighter immigration controls and called for construction of a wall on the country’s border with Mexico to thwart more migrants’ entry into the country.