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Bipartisan House Group Releases New DACA Proposal

by Countable | 1.29.18

What’s the story?

The Problem Solvers Caucus - a bipartisan group of 48 lawmakers – has unveiled a new plan to resolve the immigration debate in Washington.

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), one of the caucus members who helped draw up the proposal, said:

What does it matter?

The major issue leading up to the recent government shutdown was the fate of the so-called "Dreamers," immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children who were protected from deportation by DACA. Congress has been unable to find a solution for the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program, and the latest short-term funding bill expires on February 8.

The Problem Solvers Caucus proposal offers a potential solution. It includes:

  • A pathway for citizenship for qualifying young undocumented immigrants.

  • $1.6 billion for walls and fencing.

  • A new merit-based visa system for underrepresented countries (with work, education, and language requirements).

  • Visas for Temporary Protected Status recipients poised to be kicked out of the county.

  • Three-year legal work permits for the undocumented parents of DACA recipients.

Last week, President Donald Trump released his proposal, which supports a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants in exchange for $25 billion for a border wall and a drastic reduction to family-based – or "chain" – migration.

What do you think?

Do you support this DACA deal? Or would you like to see something closer to the White House’s proposal? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • John
    01/29/2018
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    I appreciate cooperative solutions to our nation's concerns. While I disagree with some of the elements of this proposal (e.g., walls and stigmatizing immigrants), it has others that I can get behind (e.g., pathways to citizenship and work permits for family members). Ultimately, I hope you will support legislation that is compassionate for the human beings who are trying to live their life in peace here in our country.

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  • Anna
    01/29/2018
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    While I am not in favor of wasting tax payer money on a wall that can always be dug under or gone around, I do think this sounds like a decent deal for dreamers and new immigrants. Unless you are Native American you come from immigrants, and to deny that ultimately we are all immigrants is racist. I do urge you to support and vote for this bill as long as it continues to give fair and good opportunities to new immigrants and does not go any further in supporting a racist agenda.

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  • Joyce
    01/29/2018
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    NO MONEY FOR A GOD DAMNED BORDER WALL

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  • Edward
    01/29/2018
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    Not the worst thing ever , but you need to come down hard on employers who hire people who cannot legally work here

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  • Anthony
    01/29/2018
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    This is not a compromise! The president ‘s proposal was a compromise. This looks like a way to avoid paying for the wall and other immigration reforms that President Trump campaigned on but still delivering DACA! I’m whole heartily for passing DACA, I think it is the right thing to do, but it has to be done in a manner that will not be an open invitation for the next round of illegals seeking amnesty 4 or 5 years from now. This bill does not fix our immigration problem, in fact it could make it worse!

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  • Gloria
    01/29/2018
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    I hate to see any money dedicated to a wall. There are so many better uses for that money!

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  • Sngrlittle
    01/29/2018
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    This bipartisan plan seems reasonable and meets many of the needs from both sides. It is not perfect from either a conservative or liberal point of view; however, compromise is what government should achieve. More than 80% of Americans agree on a permanent solution for the Dreamers. One would think that would include a path to citizenship. As for their parents, offering families the opportunity to stay together, seems humane. Visas for those who have been offered refugee status previously is not “flooding” our borders. It is offering a safe path to people who have been part of our communities for decades and for whom returning to their countries is not feasible (and could cost them their lives). Merit based immigration is what the Republicans have been calling for. A merit based system that spends extra effort on under-represented countries balances out the risk of only wealthy citizens buying their way into America. This is a valid compromise with border security, money for the president’s wall (which liberals vehemently oppose and the president promised would be paid for by a different country than the U.S.), and options for our most vulnerable. Please support this measure and urge your colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do the same. In addition, please push Speaker Ryan to bring this to the floor for debate and vote. Do not let him by solely answerable to the Freedom Caucus.

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  • Jack
    01/29/2018
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    This is not a compromise! this leaves out key components of the Presidents COMPROMISE. He has bent over backward to try and save DACA. Democrats have offered nothing. This is going NO WHERE.

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  • Johnelle
    01/30/2018
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    No money for a wall. Trump promised that we would not pay for it.

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  • Dwane
    01/29/2018
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    Hell no! This problem caucus plan is a sellout of the American electorate to allow for their replacement by “undocumented Democrats “. Hard no on this proposal!!!!!!

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  • Pat
    01/29/2018
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    More money for border wall! Less for illegals! DACA is OK for 880,000 but not for twice that. No chain migration! Strict immigration laws and low numbers only if they are educated and can contribute to economy. Strict welfare guidelines!

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  • J
    01/29/2018
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    The President’s offer was better. Do NOT accept this deal. This proposal does not end chain migration and the temporary visas setup another group of illegal immigrants (like DACA) to battle for citizenship in the coming years.

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  • Karen
    01/29/2018
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    Please vote no on Trump’s racist immigration proposal!

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  • Danny
    01/29/2018
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    This dog won’t hunt. Guaranteed full funding for border security, including a wall where needed, must be in the deal from day one.

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  • James
    01/29/2018
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    This proposal wieghs a little heavy on the Democratic side, with temporary visas for those poised to be kicked it, and work visas for parents and abpath to citizenship. Although I don't think those things are bad. I like those parts, but i think there needs to be a little more with respect to border security for future problems. I propose 5 billion for fencing/wall and 3 billion for increased active security presence on our borders. Otherwise, this is a good deal!

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  • RickEberhardt
    01/29/2018
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    In what way is this racist? Because the people who are most effected by this aren’t white? What country you come from has nothing to do with race. If most of the illegal immigrants come from Latin or African countries does it make it racist to try to stop these illegals from entering the country or is it just the way it is.

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  • KenBudris
    01/29/2018
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    This seems like a reasonable approach to handling DACA. I’m going to start keeping my eye on the Problem Solvers Caucus. If they continue to produce this kind of legislation, they could just restore my faith in government.

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  • Patricia
    01/30/2018
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    As a Repub, I still prefer President Trump’s idea.

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  • Marty
    01/29/2018
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    Hell no, daca individuals were illegal when they came and still illegal now. All it is an amnesty bill. Do your job and get them kicked out and their parents as well. Then start on the rest of the illegal bastards. Or get voted out. Build the wall, end the visa lottery and start mandatory e-verify, no benefits for illegals.

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  • MJDalio
    01/30/2018
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    We will not support any resolution that does not include a fully funded border wall and increased funding for ICE and border patrol agents!!!

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