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Democrats confront bleak odds for immigration deal before 2023
« on: November 22, 2022, 03:41:25 pm »
 Democrats confront bleak odds for immigration deal before 2023

Party leaders are pushing hard for legislation aiding the undocumented population known as "Dreamers" before Republicans take the House. But GOP senators have little interest.

By Marianne LeVine and Burgess Everett

11/21/2022 04:31 AM EST

Democrats eager to find a legislative solution before 2023 for young undocumented immigrants are getting a wake-up call: They need votes from Republicans who don’t want to do it.

As the GOP prepares to take the House, top Senate Democrats are desperately proclaiming that the post-election session is the best — and perhaps only — chance for Congress to act in the near term on deportation protections for the immigrants known as “Dreamers.” And with good reason: After the Senate passed a comprehensive bill in 2013, the Republican-controlled House never took it up.

That recent history has Majority Leader Chuck Schumer proclaiming that “we want to get [it] done” and Senate Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) saying that “the time to act is now.” But even those on the GOP side who once supported a fix for the deportation-protection program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, are now against it.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Democrats are “crazy” to try pushing for a deal now: “I think they’re just trying to do it, probably, to please some activist groups.” And Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Rubio’s only remaining GOP partner on the 2013 bill brokered by the so-called “Gang of Eight,” claims “there’s no way you’re going to get anybody on our side to do an immigration bill with a broken border.”

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