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>> Democrats and Republicans are working hard to find a bill to protect the Dreamers.>> After weeks of negotiations, a bipartisan deal that could resolve the fate of the so called Dreamers is headed toward a senate showdown Thursday. According to a draft, the bill would offer nearly two million young undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children before 2012, a gradual path to citizenship.
The proposed legislation would also place $25 billion in a guarded trust for border security. And includes construction of the President's proposed border wall over a ten year period but not immediately as President Trump desires. The plan would also make no changes to the diversity visa lottery program, which the president wants to end.
>> I think you all agree. Anybody in favor of the lottery, where you pick it out and you say, good, we have a new United States citizen doesn't work. And they're not giving us their finest, that we can tell you.>> It remains unclear whether the bipartisan proposal could master the 60 votes needed to advance it through the Senate.
President Trump has said that he would vital any plan that does not stick to his hardline approach.>> We're asking congress to support our immigration policy that keeps terrors, drug dealers, criminals and gang members out of our country, we want them out.>> The president has instead endorsed a competing bill from Republican Senator Chuck Grassley that would limit family based immigration, and end the visa lottery, two programs the Democrates are not willing to compromise.
As congress struggles with the wait and the month long deadlock the fate of the Dreamers hangs in the balance with protections from the deferred action for childhood arrivals or DACA program expiring on March 5th. Federal judges have blocked Trump's bid to end DACA while litigation over the matter continues.