“Senators crafting bill to limit deportations under Trump”

12/2/2016
The Hill


“Democratic and Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are working on legislation that would limit deportations if President-elect Donald Trump repeals President Obama’s executive orders on illegal immigration. 

“Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)…are crafting a bill to shield children living in the country illegally from being deported if they grew up in the United States and have stayed out of trouble.

“The bill is likely to have the support of another Republican on the committee, Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.). 

“…Trump has vowed to repeal Obama’s executive orders that halted deportations for people who came to the country illegally at a young age, as well as deportations of the parents of citizens and lawful permanent residents.  

“Lawmakers are worried that rescinding those orders would pull the rug out from hundreds of thousands of young people whose parents immigrated to the country illegally. Many of them may have to drop out of school, lose their jobs or face deportation.  

“Durbin and Graham say they are especially vulnerable because they applied to the government for protection under Obama’s executive order, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

“They are discussing legislation that would give these immigrants temporary protection from deportation or loss of academic and job opportunities until Congress passes more comprehensive legislation addressing the status of undocumented residents.  

“…Flake…predicts Congress will have to do something. He wants to work on a solution with the incoming Trump administration instead of attempting to simply countermand an executive order reversing Obama’s action.

“…Durbin told reporters Thursday that he would like to get the bill moving before the 114th Congress adjourns later this month, but he acknowledged it won’t likely pass before next year.”   

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