Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake was confident on Thursday morning.
“We’ve pretty much got a bill,” the retiring senator, one of the most moderate members of his caucus on immigration, said of his bipartisan working group to address the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Flake said the legislation would be introduced “soon” and that they would be going to the White House imminently to present it to the president.
It was true that this bipartisan “Gang of Six”—comprised of Flake, fellow Republicans Lindsey Graham and Cory Gardner, and Democrats Dick Durbin, Bob Menendez, and Michael Bennet—had reached a deal in principle. It would reportedly offer a path to citizenship for both DACA recipients and the broader Dreamer population along with a few billion dollars (with some discretion) for border security, limited ability for Dreamers to sponsor family members, and a redistribution of diversity lottery visas. It sounded like a modest, straight-down-the-middle compromise on contentious issues.
The only problem? There was no indication Thursday that anyone else in the United States Congress or the White House was on board with it.
Politics A bipartisan group of senators thought they had a deal on DACA. Then the president weighed in. January 11 2018 10:39 PM Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake was confident on Thursday morning. “We’ve pretty much got a bill,” the retiring senator, one of the most moderate members of his caucus on im…