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Justice Committee chairman Durbin said his available list of potential partners in today’s GOP is small. His committee is full of hardliners like Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Who are almost certain to bring charges against anything he can come up with.
“When you sit down and make the list of potential Republicans who could get on board, it’s a challenge. It’s not like we have 20 and we are like the first 10. I wish, ”said Durbin, complaining that his DREAM Act gets filibustered every time he comes up for a single vote. Trump really set the stage saying, “Immigration will be an issue for the future of the Republican Party. And we are against it. “
Graham isn’t the only one now opposed to immigration laws he previously supported while insisting on improving border security. Tillis offered once a 15-year path to citizenship for young people who entered the country illegally but said it could not currently support this Republican proposal.
“There is no scenario in which I would even support what we called the SUCCEED law, which was a route to citizenship for the EU [Dreamers]without being paired with border security, “said Tillis, referring to the conservative alternative to the DREAM law, which he had advocated.
It’s a return to the quagmire that has messed up the Senate since the Gang of Eight bill was passed in 2013 and ignored by a Republican majority in the House. In 2018, the chamber rejected a bill that paired a young immigrant citizenship path and border security, authored by Rounds and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), amid fierce opposition from Trump.
While the combination of border security financing and help sounds simple to the likeable dreaming population, this compromise inevitably turns into a bigger negotiation. Once things are snowball enough, the Senate talks will no longer resemble a clean deal, but are on the verge of sweeping immigration legislation.
“Comprehensive” itself has become a “dirty word” in immigration policy, said Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who is retiring in 2022. He turned down the 2013 comprehensive bill but wants to put something together before leaving the chamber and is the GOP’s rare optimist when it comes to seeing the potential for a deal: “I do. But nobody else does it. “
Romney, Collins, Portman, Tillis, and Rounds are part of the Senate’s so-called 20-person group, a non-partisan occupation that has given itself the daunting task of getting the Senate up and running again, even when Liberals take the filibuster over the GOP opposition against their priorities – like the DREAM Act. This group could be the place for an immigration deal to be framed, but their talks are in the earliest stages and span a number of areas.
“I’m in the non-partisan group, but we haven’t touched it,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.). “There is a problem that needs fixing, but I don’t think we’re anywhere near that now.”
There is hope of a thaw if the current bombardment at the border subsides. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said this week that crossings could hit a 20-year high, although Democrats believe the current surge could ease after spring, when migration to the US typically peaks .
Additionally, on Thursday the House passed a second law alongside the DREAM bill that could succeed. This law provides a route to legal status for around 1 million farm workers. Bennet and Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, subsequently announced that they would introduce a companion to the bill, and several additional Senate Republicans mentioned this as a potential priority. The Dreamers measure won nine House GOP votes, while the Farmworkers Bill won 30 House GOP votes.
But other Republicans don’t even think they should project momentum in the Senate until they’re actually ready to move. Another round of tremors, Lankford said, would only deepen the nation’s immigration bog.
“The concern is once you bring something up to even discuss it, you’re going to get a surge,” Lankford said. “So if you’re not ready to really do it, you shouldn’t play with it. I don’t hear us ready.”