Bipartisan Senate Group Reaches "Agreement In Principle" On DACA

Update: In another embarrassing example of the White House's disorganized messaging, Sen. Tom Cotton said President Trump told a group of senators during a Thursday meeting to go back to the drawing board - just as Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was confirming that the group was close to a deal.



...Marc Short, the administration's legislative director, also added that a DACA deal was a long way off.



Lindsey Graham, also a member of the bipartisan group, also confirmed that there's no deal...



When asked again, Flake clarified that the bipartisan group does have a deal, but that the White House and the rest of the Senate have yet to sign on...


...Dick Durbin then confirmed in a statement that the bipartisan group has, in fact, reached a deal...


To sum up: The bipartisan group of senators has reached "an agreement in principle" to address border security, the diversity visa lottery and chain migration after four months of negotiations.

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A second Senator and member of the bipartisan working group working to iron out the details of the great immigration compromise bill has confirmed that Democrats and Republicans are on the verge of a deal.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake said that, while the group is still working on a border security package, the details of the deal are nearly finalized.

"We've got this bipartisan group. We are at a deal. ... It's the only game in town," Flake told reporters, according to  the Hill.

Earlier in the day, Flake's Democratic colleague Dick Durban, both a member of the working group and the Democratic leadership, said lawmakers were "very close" to a deal, according to a separate Hill  report.

Of course, it's important to take these pronouncements with a grain of salt, as deals that were purportedly "finalized" are reworked again and again.

A spokesman it's worth noting that Sen. Bob Menendez immediately clarified Flake's comments. He said that although the group of senators are making progress, they do not yet have an agreement.

"We are extremely close to a strong bipartisan deal to help dreamers. However, nothing is final yet and there is no legislative text to share yet," the spokesman said.  

The group of senators - which also includes Lindsey Graham and Michael Bennet - have been negotiating for months on a deal that would include a DACA fix.



After canceling the so-called DACA protections back in September, Trump famously struck a deal with "Chuck and Nancy" - Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi - to enshrine the DACA protections into law while also securing funding to fortify border defenses.

But this deal unraveled as Democrats insisted they wouldn't approve funding for Trump's promised border wall, while Trump walked back his support for DACA, an issue on which he has wavered, though there is bipartisan support for preserving the protections - a decision that will affect 690,000 people, most of whom have spent nearly their entire lives in the US.

The final agreement is expected to include legalization for DACA recipients and a border security package. It's also expected to address changes to the State Department's diversity visa lottery program to curb so-called "chain migration" - a practice that Trump has railed against even as outraged liberals have insisted it isn't a problem.

To be sure, even if the group hammers out an agreement, they don't have final authority on the deal - Republican leaders have reserved that power.

Sen. John Cornyn, the Republican whip, said that while it was fine for the bipartisan group to negotiate, they would not be able to single-handily decide what the final DACA agreement is.

Durbin, Graham and GOP Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue all met with Trump at the White House on Thursday for a bipartisan meeting on the immigration deal.

Details of the legislation are still unknown, though Flake said the group has discussed shifting the diversity lottery visas to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients. In recent months, the administration has canceled TPS protections for hundreds of thousands of Haitian and Ecuadorean migrants living in the US.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has committed to giving a DACA bill a vote if Trump indicates he would be willing to sign the legislation. Trump reiterated his call for a "wall" on Wednesday, saying it "must be part of any DACA approval."

However, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters at the daily press briefing that "there has not been a deal reached yet" but that "we still think we can get there."


Earlier this week, a federal judge on the ninth circuit ruled that DACA protections - which were initially set to expire in March - must remain in place until lawsuits challenging Trump's decision are resolved.

This theoretically gives lawmakers more time to finalize a deal, though Republican leaders have insisted it would be taken care of early in the year.



Gaius Frakkin'… 38BWD22 Thu, 01/11/2018 - 15:16 Permalink

The deal is basically amnesty for promises of security which will be used as hot potatoes in future bills.

With the loss of Roy Moore, Congress thinks the populist revolt is over and everything is reverting back to Neocon control.

You all better show them you're still angry.

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Ms. Erable JimmyJones Thu, 01/11/2018 - 15:30 Permalink

Here's a better deal: if they leave immediately and voluntarily, they can keep their shit. Otherwise, all assets they have, of any class - being gained in violation of the law - are confiscated, their asses are kicked out, and they're electronically tagged. They come back illegally, they're shot on sight.

I've had more than enough of having to live with the shallow end of the gene pool controlling things here, along with the fucking assholes in congress that make them their meal ticket.

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vato poco Ms. Erable Thu, 01/11/2018 - 15:41 Permalink

if the article saying 'close to a deal' features that cocksucker Jeff Flake's picture ... doing his little shit-eatin'-mormon-grin thing ... 

Trump ain't gonna sign it. 

it's incredible: they *still* have no idea who they're dealing with. they *still* think they're light-years smarter than he is, and they're gonna con his gullible rube ass into doing what they want him to. heh 

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Lord Raglan vato poco Thu, 01/11/2018 - 16:52 Permalink

Flake is a "nigger"/beaner lover.  Did a Mormon Mission in South Africa. Feels sorry for them.  That's the inside scoop.  Suffers from "white privilege guilt syndrome."  Wait 'till one of his daughters or granddaughters gets raped by a Rapefugee.  

If DACA passes, Trump will lose the House in 2018 and the presidency in 2020, that is, if he gets to that date before being impeached. Plus, 5 states will never vote Republican again.  

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JRobby Ms. Erable Thu, 01/11/2018 - 16:07 Permalink

Knew a guy who worked, owned a condo, car and other "stuff" who was abusing the system by leaving the country every 6 months for a few weeks. One day he returned and they deported him back to the airport he came from, his car sitting in economy parking racking up $$$$.

Too bad. He was breaking the law. He should have initiated the process to become a citizen or resident alien. Had to manage his unwind from outside the country.

IRS will take your tax money with green card or ITIN, banks will loan you $$ based on your score, W2's, etc. to buy a home (back in the bubble) The SSA is charged with sorting out what numbers match what name and share that with the IRS (although they say they don't).

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janus JRobby Thu, 01/11/2018 - 16:34 Permalink

the simple fact that we're even engaged in this debate proves how disconnected are the power-elite from the average American.  

first and foremost, the laws governing immigration are clear.  if the Attn. General is to prioritize the prosecution of marijuana laws (misdemeanors not truly within the rubric of federal jurisdiction), why is it so difficult to aggressively enforce immigration laws, which are felonies AND properly the prerogative of the Feds?

second, these are our elected officials, put in place to protect and advocate for our interests (not multinational corps with no loyalty to any nation).  There is no ambiguity here...none at all:  fighting for illegal immigrants is a direct assault on legal citizens.  how can any be on this matter confused?  has (((the media))) deluded everyone to such an extent that they cannot make coherent sense of this issue?  are Americans so emotionally conditioned that they cannot think rationally?

i see the advocacy of illegal immigrants as nothing short of treason; and it truly is.  

you must go back, paco.  and, if the issue ever arises, you can explain to your children that you committed a felony; and that this is why you (and they) were deported.

drain the swamp.



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Nobody For President janus Thu, 01/11/2018 - 20:39 Permalink

Ah Janus - I know it is rhetorical, but it's too easy:

" has (((the media))) deluded everyone to such an extent that they cannot make coherent sense of this issue?"

Coherent sense, my friend?

None of this shit even makes incoherent sense.

Fucking dumbocrats never saw an illegal immigrant they didn't just loooooooooooooooooove. 

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Endgame Napoleon Gaius Frakkin'… Thu, 01/11/2018 - 16:02 Permalink

Deplorables had already figured out they were being betrayed on immigration before the Roy Moore campaign, which did not focus on immigration, anyway, unlike Trump’s immigration-centric campaign.

That is the main reason why they did not show up to vote in AL. When turn out is at 10%, you do not even have a Republic. Deplorables need a party that represents citizens of this country.

  1. The first thing the Swamp did with the Trump victory, handed to them by Deplorables who stood in 2-hour lines to attend rallies and to vote, was to increase refundable tax [welfare] credits in the thousands for illegal immigrants, rewarding the 35-and-under DACAs for illegal border crossing, even more than the parents among them are rewarded in the current welfare / tax-welfare system @ $116 billion per year, with the average Deplorable seeing about $24 per paycheck from the tax cut / tax welfare plan.
  2. The second thing the Swamp did was cut this deal to legalize illegal border crossing. 

So far, we have not seen nearly enough job growth to provide for all of these DACAs, their families and the future illegal border crossers who will come, inspired by the fact that, if sex leads to reproduction in America, you are above the law and eligible for lots of free stuff that covers your major household bills, as long as you stay below the welfare income limit and within the cut-off for refundable child tax credits. 

I wonder if the Swamp clarified what laws citizens can break without repercussions and with multi cash rewards from government.

Pretty easy to undercut citizens in jobs, when you are armed with all of this free stuff for sex and reproduction, reducing your need for decent pay and full-time hours: 






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MK ULTRA Alpha Gaius Frakkin'… Thu, 01/11/2018 - 16:37 Permalink

Senator Flake is a Mormon, they believe the Native Americans are the lost tribes of Israel. Thus, more Mexican immigrants particularly the Hispanics who are mixed with Native Americans is the agenda of the Mormons.

I read many of the Dreamers had their tuition paid. My tuition wasn't paid, I had to earn it by being a soldier. And by the way, the reason no Harvard records were released on Obama was because Obama had his school paid for by a new back then new, Harvard program of bringing more foreigners to Harvard, so Berry used the Kenyan, I was born in Kenya angle to go free to Harvard. Oh yes, and how about all the social security numbers Obama had, that was fraud from the community organizer, a black person working at Social Security was funneling money to Obama through the many social security accounts, it happens all the time, social security is under staffed and has a huge fraud payout.

The democrats are the International Communism Party. They tried to destroy the country and the people are too brainwashed to even see their destruction. The people are so brainwashed, the majority say the recent economy is because of Obama, not Trump. That's from a new national poll.

The economic revival is part Trump and part lower gas prices for three years. It takes 18 months to see changes in the economy. That's what happened, lower gas prices were like a tax cut for the US economy.

Keep watching TV, stay glued to the TV set, that's the place the most educated learn their talking points. ,



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Carl Spackler 38BWD22 Thu, 01/11/2018 - 15:24 Permalink

Flake speaks for the Republicans??? Since when? (Think Patsy)

He is on his way out because Arizona would not re-elect him!!

This is a fake news item floated by Democrats.  

Any agreement here needs 61 votes in the Senate, and Rand Paul said he will fillibuster.

10 conservatives in the Senate say no, and the Liberal/Flake hoax is dead.



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gatorengineer Carl Spackler Thu, 01/11/2018 - 16:05 Permalink

Not long on math Paul plus 10 conservatives equal 11, 89 Yea for DACA now wall later, 11 opposed, if you font see that coming you arent paying attention.  It may not be as bad as 89-11, but there are plenty of RINOs (Flake McStain, etc) to get the Dems to well over 60.  The house may be another story.


Silly me I thought spending bills had to originate in the house.

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MK ULTRA Alpha gatorengineer Thu, 01/11/2018 - 16:44 Permalink

Can't understand why the Dreamers can't be allowed to finish their degrees and go back to their countries. But the Dreamers aren't all college students like we're led to believe. Most are still in high school.

I don't know how liberal think tanks can continue to cite the great value the Dreamers add to the US economy when if they're still in high school and the majority haven't finished college etc. how can a monetary measurement be done when tax payer money is now being used to educated them and in most cases food stamp approval and subsidized housing is what is happening.

We're lied to everyday by the Jew controlled media for the purpose of dividing the nation so we're easier for the Jews to control.

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Scanderbeg 38BWD22 Thu, 01/11/2018 - 16:59 Permalink

Every single one of these beaners will be a newly minted Democratic voter for life.

Any deal, even one with significant concessions is political suicide for Trump, the Republican party and more importantly the country.

They have to go back.

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DosZap DinduNuffin Thu, 01/11/2018 - 15:15 Permalink

If TRUMP is foolish enough to give his ONLY "TRUMP" card(pun intended, to a straight up DACA deal he's an IDIOT for sure.)THAT will be the last time we see immigration reform ever.

UNTIL there's 2000 miles of a REAL wall,they can and should be NO deals.

Added protection will be just overlooked,and ordered to stand down, and lose funding when the next BATCH of America killers get elected.

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Hal n back DinduNuffin Thu, 01/11/2018 - 15:27 Permalink

tell me please, why do we have  to give DACA and illegal immigrants anything-it is not like we have surpluses flowing all over the place. Why do we even have to give legal immigrants anything, especially when we probably will soon have to cut Social Security and Medicare.

Where did we go off the tracks. We cannot take care of the entire country as is, let alone people from so many other countries.

What part of Congress still does not understand that "we are building a stack of unpayable debts".

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Interested_Observer Hal n back Thu, 01/11/2018 - 18:11 Permalink

We went off the rails when the Judical branch decided to intervene and say

you are protected once in our borders and are therefore eligible for all the welfare programs reserved

for citizens. The legal ruling  i can find the court case ---it was a while ago--- gave them everything but legal status.

It was the judicial branch that changed the definition while all the rest of us were thinking 

non-citizen===no programs

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LetThemEatRand Thu, 01/11/2018 - 15:05 Permalink

Just as a reminder to all of you "voting makes a difference" and "it's not all theater" folks out there, the Red Team controls the Presidency, the House, the Senate, and the Supreme Court.  And the President ran on ending DACA.  And the President has the veto pen.  And despite all of this, what will we get?

Burticus Thu, 01/11/2018 - 15:06 Permalink

DemonRATs get ignorant peasant foreign invaders as voters for life.

RepubliCONs get ignorant peasant foreign invaders for cheap labor.

Both the 'RATs & 'CONs get a fence after the invasion to trap 'Murkins like the Berlin wall.

'Murkins get flocked and forced to pay for it all.