McConnell Says Republicans Won’t Budge on Immigration Bill Unless Dems Recognize Border Crisis

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled on Tuesday that Republicans were unlikely to support a stand-alone bill for “dreamers”— immigrants brought into the country as children — without addressing a surge along the border.

“Well all I can tell you is that everybody is sympathetic with the DACA issue,” McConnell said, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created under the Obama administration.

“I can’t imagine that we would take up an immigration related bill no matter how worthy it might be … without insistence on our part that we address the obvious crisis at the border,” McConnell added.

Republicans believe the border is a weak spot for President Biden, who they’ve been struggling to define almost 100 days into the administration.

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