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GOP Senator Suggests New DACA Solution

by Countable | 2.20.18

After the Senate’s failure to advance an immigration reform proposal addressing the status of the beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program prior to its March 5 expiration, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) offered a new proposal in an op-ed in The Washington Post.

When the Senate reconvenes Monday, Flake said he plans to introduce a bill that extends DACA protections for three years and provides $7.6 billion to fully fund the first three years of the administration’s border-security proposal:

"I’ll be the first to admit this “three for three approach" is far from a perfect solution, but it would provide a temporary fix by beginning the process of improving border security and ensuring DACA recipients will not face deportation.”

Whether Flake’s bill will get a vote is an open question — unless the Senate’s leadership agrees to bring it up for a vote he’ll have to ask for unanimous consent to allow a vote. That may be hard to come by given that both of the bipartisan proposals offered last week fell well short of the 60 votes they needed in the Senate.

There’s also the possibility that the House could attempt to pass its own immigration reform legislation that provides the "Dreamers" (as DACA recipients are called) with legal status. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) expressed that any bill brought to the floor would require the president’s support, and such a bill has been introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) in the form of the Securing America’s Future Act.

If either chamber is able to take up and advance immigration reform legislation when Congress returns next week things could get tricky if the other has to amend the bill to pass it, as lawmakers are running out of time before the expiration of DACA. As always we’ll keep you updated with the latest developments.

What do you think of Flake’s "three for three" proposal? Should Congress try to advance it or another broader measure? Hit Take Action to tell your reps, then share your thoughts below!

— Eric Revell

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  • Becca
    02/20/2018
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    No. Clean Dream act and nothing else. Stop using children as leverage for your disgusting and xenophobic border wall.

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  • Jason
    02/20/2018
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    Temporary protections in exchange for a permanent wall? Try again.

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  • Lyn
    02/20/2018
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    This is hateful! We need a clean dreamer bill that gives them a path to citizenship. Not one done for Trumps wall!

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  • Afina
    02/20/2018
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    Let the Dreamers become citizens, then maybe we can talk about the stupid wall

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  • Pru
    02/20/2018
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    Clean dream act!!!!!

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  • Margaret
    02/20/2018
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    To deport Dreamers, if they can't be used as leverage, is unconscionable. These children committed no crimes and should not be removed from their homes here.

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  • Deirdre
    02/20/2018
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    Just make the dreamers citizens and no to an expensive wall

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  • Patty
    02/20/2018
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    No wall. Period.

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  • Edward
    02/20/2018
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    Pass meaningful legislation now, not in 3 years

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  • Nancy
    02/20/2018
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    Dreamers aren’t bargaining chips for a wall or increased ICE agents who are already quite cruel

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  • Donna
    02/20/2018
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    No wall. DACA is a separate issue and must be discussed on its own and not included in any other legislation. Help the dreamers, vote NO to a wall.

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  • Krista
    02/20/2018
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    I understand the intent of the compromise this would provide, but it is still oppressive to the Dreamers. We need a legitimate path to legal citizenship, and as our representatives we need you to convince the president that these people deserve to be treated as people - not just sent away and separated from their families.

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  • Will
    02/20/2018
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    Kicking the can down the road isn't a viable solution.

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  • Michael
    02/21/2018
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    Fine! There here already. But we need to secure the border so we don’t have to reward law breakers every 10 years. Elected leaders represent Americans not citizens of other nations.

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  • SneakyPete
    02/21/2018
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    It’s no more an oxymoron to suggest that a solution is proposed by the Democrats then it’s by a Republican. They(Democrats) were not, after eight (8 years) incapable of providing a solution, especially an ethical,moral solution. So they’ll (again the Democrats) will just let this sit, as they’ve the DACA issue until the midterms, with the hope that their Democratic base will return the Democrats to power, which will not occur. DEMOCRATS, you Sadly can’t just vote “Nay”, and continue with your Schumer/Pelosi “OBSTRUCTIONIST WAYS” hoping that the votes to return to the fold. They won’t do as you wish. You may call yourself role models, and you are correct. Bad Ones at a very minimum. 2*20*18.

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    02/21/2018
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    It is an oxymoron to suggest that a solution is proposed by the GOP. They are incapable of providing a solution, especially an ethical, moral solution. Just let this sit until the midterms, when Democrats will reconvene with the ability to actually do something without the interference of Obstructionists. You can’t just vote “Nay”, Republicans, and expect to get $174,000 salary and benefits for life. You may call yourself role models, and you are correct; You exemplify who and what not to be when our children grow up. You exemplify what the lack of ethical and moral values are. You define the real-world villain for children to relate the bad guy in the movies with.

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  • Wayne
    02/20/2018
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    What ever we do let’s not let any illegals of any kind jump the line and get ahead of the legal applicants who actually respected our laws. Nor should their parents, who created this mess, benefit from any leniency given to their children.

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  • Ryan
    02/20/2018
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    Dems must compromise now and hope to win in November. Give those under DACA a path toward citizenship now!

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  • Sam
    02/20/2018
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    Say no to Flake’s DACA bill

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  • Dicr
    02/20/2018
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    Republicans will find out what dropping the ball on DACA costs. Haters will not win. Good people will be voting mass this year.

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