Sens. Flake, Heitkamp Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Extend DACA Protections

Published: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 7:24am
Updated: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 7:26am
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Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday that would extend protections for immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Flake’s original proposal was one of three the Senate debated recently, yet none received enough votes to deliver an effective piece of bipartisan legislation.

This bill, referred to as a “Three for Three” plan, would extend DACA protections for three years and provide $7.6 billion to fully fund the first three years of the Trump administration’s border security proposal.

With the program deadline fast approaching, Flake said this bill will “provide a temporary fix by beginning the process of improving border security and ensuring DACA recipients will not face potential deportation.”

“To actually pass legislation that strengthens our borders and fixes our broken immigration system, we have to put partisan differences aside and work together," Heitkamp said. "North Dakota and Arizona lay on different borders, but Senator Flake and I share the desire to strengthen border security while also protecting those who were brought to this country through no fault of their own. While this is not the permanent fix that we – and many of our colleagues – would like to see,  this is a bipartisan path forward that would fund significant security improvements at our borders and allow Congress to continue to work toward a long-term solution for DREAMers."