‘Dreamers’ fix blocked in Senate


A push to pass a bill granting citizenship to immigrants brought into the country illegally as children was blocked in the Senate on Thursday.

“We have this 2000 page bill which addresses every subject imaginable, but doesn’t address the looming deadline that we face in America where one court decision away from hundreds of thousands of young people being deported,” he said.

Under a consent request any one senator can block a bill from being passed. Durbin hinted that he expected to be stymied saying “I’m going to be making a unanimous consent request when this is over. I think I know how it will end.”

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, would grant a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants brought into the country illegally as children as long as they meet certain requirements.

“I hope that we’ll continue to work on this bill so that we can provide certainty to the DACA population. They deserve a path to citizenship,” he said.

The bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants, $25 billion in border security, eliminate the State Department’s visa lottery and enact new limitations on family-based immigration.

The proposal was one of three DACA fixes rejected by the Senate last month. It got 39 votes-the fewest of any of the measures.

The back-and-forth comes as the debate over DACA has largely stalemated. A source familiar with the talks told The Hill earlier this week that the White House offered to include a deal in the omnibus that would give $25 billion in border money in exchange for a two-and-a-half year extension of DACA.

Democrats rejected the offer and countered with $25 billion in border security and a pathway to citizenship for the broader 1.8 million population. The White House rejected, according to the source.

The Trump administration announced last year that it was ending the Obama-era DACA program.