JUST IN: DACA recipients were given some news today that is sure to send them into panic mode.
The Senate just left hundreds of thousands of “Dreamers” in limbo when it rejected rival plans that would have spared them from deportation and strengthened the nation’s border security.
Daily Mail reported that with just 17 days left before Barack Obama’s precious Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program expires, hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants who depend on it are holding their breath. President Donald Trump was also left defeated on Thursday when a quarter of fellow Republicans abandoned him on an issue that helped propel him to the White House.
Trump wasn’t the only one defeated, as so was a bipartisan group of senators who offered a compromise that would have shielded the young immigrants and financed Trump’s demands for money to build his border wall, though more gradually than he wants. Trump immediately blamed Democrats for the stalemate, writing on Twitter that he “[c]annot believe how BADLY DACA recipients have been treated by the Democrats…totally abandoned! Republicans are still working hard.”
Though eight Republicans joined Democrats in backing that plan, it fell short after the White House threatened a veto and GOP leaders opposed it. Four separate proposals were defeated on Friday, showing Congress’ steep challenge in striking a deal on an issue that’s proven intractable for years and on which each party’s most fervent supporters refuse to budge.
The outcome of these votes indicates that there may be no permanent solution soon to help the young immigrants, who were brought to the U.S. as children, despite their sky-high support in public polling.
“It looks like demagogues on the left and the right win again on immigration,” said South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who helped craft the bipartisan package. “The only way forward is for President Trump to grab the reins and lead us to a solution.”
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