The Senate on Thursday failed to advance four proposals that addressed immigration reform, one of which was backed by the White House.
With the hopes Congress comes to an agreement on immigration this week now completely out of reach, the fate of the Dreamers — and the deadline for Congress to act — is now murkier than ever.
The Trump-endorsed bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, checked the boxes of Trump’s “four pillars,” imposing cuts on legal immigration, while giving Dreamers a pathway to citizenship.
“This vote is proof that President Trump’s plan will never become law. If he would stop torpedoing bipartisan efforts, a good bill would pass,” Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said in a statement.
The Trump administration announced last year it would end protections for DACA recipients on March 5th, but in recent days two separate federal court injunctions have effectively halted that process, instructing the Department of Justice to maintain the current DACA program as it was before the Sept. 5 announcement.