A bipartisan immigration bill was rejected by the Trump White House today. The bill, sponsored by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), would include DACA and border security funding. It would not, however, include funding for a border wall, or end family reunification. The bill is the Senate version of the House’s Uniting and Securing America bill, which is cosponsored by 54 bipartisan Representatives.
The bill will be introduced in the Senate later today. DACA funding will expire on March 5th, as Trump has failed to accept any bipartisan legislation, despite having only a 51-49 majority in the Senate. Trump tweeted that “Any deal on DACA that does not include STRONG border security and the desperately needed WALL is a total waste of time. March 5th is rapidly approaching and the Dems seem not to care about DACA. Make a deal!” Democrats proved their support for DACA during the brief government shutdown, and have made multiple deals on the issue of immigration.
DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was put in place by Fmr. President Obama to protect those who illegally immigrated to the United States as a child. The consensus behind DACA is that children didn’t understand or didn’t have a say in their immigration and they shouldn’t be punished for simply following their parents. DACA was revoked by the Trump administration in September of last year, but Trump has since said that he supports funding DACA. It seems as though DACA was only revoked to be used as a bargaining tool in later negotiations.