Is Bipartisan Immigration Deal Imminent?

By on January 11, 2018

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) says that a bipartisan Senate panel is close to a deal on framework for a bill that will protect young immigrants known as Dreamers from being deported.

According to CNBC, however, other lawmakers were quick to respond to Flake’s comment, saying that there isn’t a finalized deal in place yet.

“We’ve got this bipartisan group, we’re at a deal,” the Arizona Republican 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.

Rep. John Cornyn (R-TX) also said that there isn’t a deal in place yet. So even with Flake’s declaration, it appears that there is still some work to be done before a finalized bill will be in place.

Flake has been one of the major Republican proponents for a legislative fix for Dreamers, who have been left in limbo since the president decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program last year. A federal judge blocked the efforts of the Trump administration to end DACA earlier this week, but the White House has said it will continue to fight for the president’s right to end the program.

The Arizona senator has said he things a bill will be finished by the end of the week, but the White House is pushing back and still calling for enhanced border security and funding for a wall as part of any agreement. Of course, now the White House is backtracking on the thought of an actual wall, so there’s really no telling what the final bill will end up looking like.