March 16, 2018
Members of Congress continue to try to cobble together support for immigration language in the hopes a temporary fix for DACA could be included in next week's omnibus spending package as the White House signaled willingness to endorse some type of temporary codification of the program. Such a fix would not include a path to citizenship for the nearly 700,000 DACA recipients and is narrower than the proposal the White House floated ahead of the failed Senate vote last month. Various DACA-related measures, meanwhile, were promoted this week ahead of next week's omnibus debate. Among these were a bill (H.R. 4760) sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) that would reauthorize the DACA program for three years in exchange for a plethora of border security and immigration enforcement measures. In a Tuesday press conference, Rep. Goodlatte mentioned that he is considering lengthening the three-year time period. Many in Congress, however, remain committed to the Dream Act (H.R. 3440), which would simply reauthorize the DACA program and provide a path to citizenship for DACA recipients.