DACA is back in the news again. But this time around, it’s the Senate GOP behaving as if illegal immigrants should be granted some sort of amnesty or privileges that should only belong to legal citizens.
This week, Senate judiciary chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced a GOP plan that would allow so-called “Dreamers” to stay.
The Security, Enforcement, and Compassion United in Reform Efforts, or SECURE Act, would offer work permits to over half a million illegals. The work permits would expire after three years.
The bill also calls for ending chain migration, requiring mandatory use of E-Verify, closing asylum loopholes, and strongly penalizing sanctuary cities.
It was sponsored by Senators Grassley, John Cornyn, Lindsey Graham, Thom Tillis, James Lankford, David Perdue, and Tom Cotton.
The legislation also allows the Trump administration to build “tactical and technological infrastructure” along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“After having these discussions, and after meeting with the president to get his input and his support, we’ve come up with a plan. This plan is fair to all parties. It’s pro-American. And it’s a solution to DACA,” Grassley said of the SECURE Act.
Grassley was followed to the Senate floor by North Carolina Sen. Tillis.
Tillis endorsed the bill, but was quick to add that he would back bigger amnesty for up to two million illegals.
Tillis used his 10-minute speech to tout his own DACA fix dubbed the SUCCEED Act. Tillis wants to provide a 15-year path to citizenship for up to 2 million illegals. There is no provision for preventing chain migration.
Almost immediately after Tillis and Grassley introduced their bills, Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois rejected them.
“Senator Grassley has (never) voted for the Dream Act,” Durbin said in a statement, referring to his DACA bill. “This proposal, as I have told them personally, cannot be considered a good faith effort to provide protection for the Dreamers, including those who were enrolled in DACA.”
For Durbin, nothing less than a pathway to citizenship should be accepted by Democrats.
Along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Durbin has become a co-sponsor of the “Dream Act” that would grant permanent legal status to hundreds of thousands of illegals.
The illegals will have arrived in the country before age 18, each one must pass security checks and meet other criteria.
Durbin is leading the charge of Democrats suggesting a potential shutdown in order to get a deal for so-called Dreamers.
Without action on DACA, these illegals face the risk of deportation because Trump moved to phase out the unconstitutional executive order leftover from the Obama Administration.
“There’s too much at stake here. We can’t let this slip into January, February with a March 5 deadline…It should be done, it can be done, easily, simply and quickly” said Durbin during an interview with The Washington Post.
“The laundry list of unrelated immigration bills which they have offered is designed to delay and stop any serious bipartisan effort to solve this crisis created by the Trump Administration on Sept. 8,” he said on Twitter, pledging to continue efforts to pass the Dream Act.
Durbin’s response highlights the divide between Senate Democrats and most of their Republican counterparts over what constitutes an acceptable DACA fix.
Grassley and the co-sponsors of the SECURE Act are pushing a wishlist of conservative reforms to accompany DACA protections.
Democrats now consider most of those provisions required by Republicans to be non-negotiable.
Instead, they are insisting on a deal closer to Durbin’s Dream Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for more than 1 million younger illegal immigrants.
There is no mention of how many potential anchor babies would result from this plan. The introduction of anchor babies would complicate an already convoluted legal matter.
Durbin’s plan would also allow for work permits, chain migration, and no mandatory use of E-verify. Without the mandatory use of E-verify, more illegals are likely to come on visas and overstay.
Cornyn rejected that timeline Tuesday, as well as demands by some Democrats to insert a DACA amnesty in a 2018 budget bill.
The president has extended deportation protections for those enrolled in DACA through March.