Republican senators are emerging from talks on an immigration plan, including concerns on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and say they like what they’ve heard.
On Thursday, President Trump said he would be “willing to shift more” on DACA demands to achieve an immigration deal through Congress in February that would keep the government open.
Roughly 40 senators from both parties met, saying they’d try to create a compromise bill that would include a path to citizenship for 1.8 million people who were brought to the U.S. as children by their illegal immigrant parents.
This plan would include $25 billion to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
“It’s about fixing some of the holes in our immigration system that allow criminals and others to take advantage of it, but it’s also about a compassionate solution for the DACA recipients, and we’re all committed to seeing that through,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).
Approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants are protected by DACA from deportation. Another 1 million are eligible, but have not applied.
Hear from Farm Journal Washington correspondent Jim Wiesemeyer and his thoughts on the compromise on AgDay above.