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Immigration Response Team Update: Even after government shutdown, Congress Fails to Protect Dreamers

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

It was a tumultuous week in Washington D.C. with no bill to protect Dreamers. 

After the government shutdown last weekend, it was reported that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) offered the president $25 million for a border wall in exchange for a bill to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and Democratic votes to fund the government. Yesterday Politico reported Schumer pulled the offer since those negotiations fell apart.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in exchange for Democratic votes to extend government funding until Feb. 8, said he would bring an immigration bill to the floor for a vote. That is a change from what he offered in December, which was a promise to bring a bill to the floor if the Senate and the president could reach agreement. Now, Senators are negotiating a bill that could pass with Democrats and Republicans.

Read the full update on the IRT website.

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