White House Offers Short Term Immigration Solution: Three Year Extension of DACA and Three Years of Funding for The Wall
With a spending bill that needs to be passed on March 23rd representing the last semi-likely opportunity for any kind of immigration-related legislation to be passed before congressional mid-term elections, the White House has said it would support a deal that extends protections from deportation for 690,000 undocumented dreamers for three years and allocates three years worth of federal funding for a wall at the US-Mexico border.
Although the White House released its own comprehensive and provisional immigration legislation framework back in January, the president also said he would sign off any bill to legalize DREAMers that the Senate can pass with 60 votes.
Due to the Supreme Court’s recent refusal to review a federal judge’s order that temporarily reinstated DACA and removed the previous March 5th date at which Dreamers would have begun to lose protection from deportation, Congress no longer has a close deadline pressuring them to legislate a permanent solution for Dreamers. As a result, the President and Congress seem to have temporarily lost some of their sense of urgency in trying to fix America’s broken immigration system, securing the border, and protecting Dreamers. While this has delayed a much needed solution, hopefully the extra time will allow Congress to come up with the best possible permanent legislative solution.
If Congress cannot legislate a permanent solution anytime soon, then a three year extension of DACA and some initial funding to increase border security is better than nothing. The great majority of Americans agree that Dreamers should be allowed to stay in America and obtain legal status, but many Americans also want more border security now so that we are not in this same situation again ten years down the road.
A week’s time and no pressing deadline besides passing something to sway voters before midterms will probably not be sufficient enough kindling for Congress to ignite a necessary solution on this controversial but important issue. “I don’t think this is going to be the resolution of the DACA issue,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas). “I just don’t see the DACA issue being resolved in the next week.”