Two senators from the US Senate are trying to revive an immigration deal before the House of Representatives takes over in January. They are trying to pass the legislation during the final weeks of the Congress.
According to Axios, a group led by Senators Thom Tillis and Kyrsten Sinema are working on a bill that would provide legal status to around two million illegal immigrants who came to the US as children. These individuals are referred to as Dreamers, and the bill would also allocate billions of dollars for border security.
Tillis and Sinema, who supported various bipartisan deals, have started working on a framework for the bill. It is expected to include around $25 billion to $40 billion for the Border Patrol, with the goal of hiring more agents and increasing their pay. It would also reform the country's asylum laws to make it harder for people to abuse their status.
The bill would also provide amnesty to two million "dreamers" and extend the Title 42 extension for one more year. This will give Congress more time to come up with a comprehensive solution to address the issue of border security.
The judge's ruling has added to the concerns about the southern border. Since the Trump administration's policy relied on the COVID-19 pandemic and other health concerns to justify mass deportations, it was very effective in shutting down the border in 2020. The end of the enforcement of Title 42 is scheduled for December 21.
Another federal judge is expected to rule soon on the legality of the Obama-era program known as DACA, which protects young immigrants from deportation. This could raise the possibility that millions of illegal immigrants who came to the US as children could be deported.
A bill that would provide amnesty to two million "dreamers" would need the support of at least ten Republicans to pass the Senate. This is necessary to overcome the efforts of one Republican to prevent the bill from being passed. Apart from immigration, Congress is also focused on other bills during the last weeks of the Congress, such as funding the military and the federal government.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on AM Greatness.