The Senate returned to square one on immigration Thursday afternoon, rejecting three proposed plans to resolve the plight of recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and address the future of America’s immigration system.
The whirlwind round of voting was prompted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), who announced that he would allow open debate on the Senate’s floor to see what plan, if any, could reach the requisite 60 vote threshold to invoke cloture and pass the Senate. Congress is racing against the upcoming March 5 deadline, after which DACA recipients will begin to lose the protections which President Donald Trump revoked last year.
In the wake of the news that McConnell would entertain open debate, a number of plans emerged, including a hardline proposal that implemented the White House’s four-pillar plan for immigration reform, and several bipartisan proposals.
But on Thursday, all of those plans were struck down in quick succession. First up was the proposal by Sens. John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Chris Coons (D., Del.), which would have given amnesty to DACA recipients in exchange for tightened border security, while omitting reforms to chain migration, the diversity visa lottery, and the construction of a border wall. That bill, which the White House officially opposed Thursday, failed to achieve cloture by a vote of 52 to 47.
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