20.01.2018
Negotiations on Dream Act falter, Republicans splinter, and White House is AWOL

Negotiations on Dream Act falter, Republicans splinter, and White House is AWOL

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With a White House preoccupied with a pissing match between the guy in the Oval Office and his former Svengali, and congressional Republicans doing what they do best—fighting among one another—prospects for a resolution are dim, leaving hundreds of thousands of Dreamers still in limbo.

The White House has not provided details to a bipartisan group of key senators on what border security and immigration restrictions they want in return for helping Dreamers, according to the negotiators, who believe that’s a major obstacle.

And in one potentially ominous sign for a deal, two Senate Republicans who had been in talks with Democrats released an unusually downcast statement about the lack of progress in the private negotiations, which began after Trump announced last fall he would kill the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. […]

Meanwhile, a small circle of House Republicans has gone rogue, preparing a conservative bill meant to strengthen Trump’s negotiating hand against Democrats, but which would have slim prospects in the Senate.

Republican Sens. James Lankford (OK) and Thom Tillis (NC) say that over "the course of the last several weeks, we have negotiated in good faith with Senate Democrats on a DACA agreement," but "our discussions on border security and enforcement with Democrats are much further apart." Which negates the first part of the quote about "good faith." And then there's this part: "Even before their statement Thursday, Tillis and Lankford had quietly stopped attending the meetings recently, according to multiple sources." That still leaves Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin (IL) and Michael Bennet (CO) in the group negotiating with Republicans Jeff Flake (AZ.), Lindsey Graham (SC), and Cory Gardner (CO).