GOP Closes In On List Of Demands For DACA Fix

Dave Brat a member of the United States House of Representatives said on Thursday that GOP leaders are close to coming up with a clear list of demands that must be met in order for the party to support DACA. The demands include, “an effort to discourage chain migration; the creation of a mandatory e-verify system to deter hiring immigrants in the country illegally; and the elimination of the diversity visa program.”

If the demands are met the House representative claims that conservatives will support a fourth provision which is the protection of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals beneficiaries who are colloquially known as the ‘dreamers’, the Obama era program was dismantled by President Trump in September.

“If we get those three, DACA could be a part of that,” said Brat to reporters. “I’m open to that compromise, but it can’t be any weaker than that.” The House Representative did not say if their DACA provision would allow citizenship but mentioned it was being discussed the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Michael McCaul.

“He’s in the center of that issue and reached a compromise. … It’s a good package,” Brat said, “The numbers from those three pieces I just mentioned clearly outweigh the DACA — by a lot,” he continued. “And so you’re just saying, ‘OK, we can deal with 700,000 here [in DACA] because we’re getting a reduction in millions here.’ ”

U.S. Representative McCaul declined to comment on Brat’s claims. “I’ve been sworn to secrecy,” he said and indicated that negotiations are advancing, “It’s going well, and I think we’re getting close to a product, and at that point, we’ll go into listening sessions,” McCaul said.

The President’s repeal of DACA will go into full effect on March 15, 2018, now with Congress trying to figure out how to help the 800,000 people enrolled in the program, the Democrats are expected to challenge the GOP’s version of DACA and have threatened to oppose the year-end spending bill with a government shutdown if the GOP doesn’t agree on a “clean” Dream act.

“If they can do it without us, more power to them,” said U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva on Wednesday about the GOP’s DACA package. McCaul has said that Republicans are already monitoring what could be a stand-alone immigration bill. “I think the preference is not to have it attached to an omnibus,” said McCaul.

Brat, however, believes that the vehicle to get the bill passed is of little importance and that it’s the substance of the bill what matters. “If it’s fair, and if it’s a good, well-crafted, rational bill, it doesn’t matter, I don’t care if it’s stand-alone, or in a bigger package, but trying to jam something through that’s not a winner, that’s going to be a headache.”

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