Leading senators and White House aides are working toward a major immigration deal concerning young undocumented immigrants that could be forged by January, according to a report.
White House chief of staff John Kelly told almost a dozen senators at a meeting Tuesday that the administration would soon announce a list of border security and other policy demands it would seek as part of an agreement regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, per Politico.
“We couldn’t finish this product, this bill, until we knew where the administration was,” Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said Tuesday, referring to a compromise between two pieces of legislation proposed respectively by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., with Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and James Lankford, R-Okla., with Thom Tillis, R-N.C.
"And that’s why this meeting was so important,” Flake added.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has committed to holding a cloture vote on the issue by mid-January, Flake continued.
McConnell told Fox News earlier on Tuesday a legislative fix for Dreamers would not be passed in 2017.
"The president has given us until March to address that issue. We have plenty of time to do it," McConnell said.
DACA, an Obama-era initiative, allowed eligible undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as minors to stay in the country and be granted work permits.