Senators pitch deal to protect ‘Dreamers,’ boost border security – JP
Democrats signaled willingness to compromise on those areas. After trying and failing to include immigration provisions in a party-line budget reconciliation bill last year, Democratic lawmakers acknowledge that they will need to make concessions to bring Republicans on board.
Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who originally wrote legislation to protect Dreamers more than two decades ago, said he has “been in touch with my colleagues and will carefully review their proposal.”
“I am determined to do everything in my power to help deliver a Christmas Miracle for Dreamers,” Durbin said.
Immigrant advocates, however, warned they would not support an agreement that banned asylum completely. Under U.S. immigration law, migrants have the right to seek asylum at the country’s borders — though those rights have been paused for many migrants for more than two years under Title 42.
Sergio Gonzalez, executive director of the advocacy group Immigration Hub, said his organization was “deeply concerned” by some measures under consideration.