Krysten Sinema, Thom Tillis’ immigration, border security plan

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Krysten Sinema, Thom Tillis' immigration, border security plan

Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Thom Tillis have crafted a bipartisan immigration deal that would boost security at the border while also providing a pathway to citizenship for the 2 million so-called “Dreamers,” a new report reveals.

Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Tillis (R-NC) are pressing for their proposal, which would also extend the Title 42 health policy for another year, to be voted on before the current lame-duck session of Congress ends this month, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

But they are working against the clock: A federal judge ordered Title 42, a Trump-era policy that has been used to expel more than 2.3 migrants at the border, to end on Dec. 21, and Congress is scheduled to begin its holiday recess the next day. 

At the same time, the House and Senate are rushing to approve legislation on defense spending and averting a government shutdown before the end of the year.

Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Thom Tillis have crafted an outline for a bipartisan deal on immigration.
Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Thom Tillis have reportedly crafted an outline for a bipartisan deal on immigration.
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The draft outline drawn up by Sinema and Tillis would protect the “Dreamers” in exchange for at least $25 billion in increased funding for border security and for hiring more officers and increasing their pay, the Washington Post reported. 

The funding could even exceed $40 billion, the newspaper reported, citing a Senate aide. 

The proposal would allow Title 42 to remain in effect for another year so processing centers could be constructed to house migrants while their immigration cases are considered in the courts. 

Sens. Thom Tillis and Kyrsten Sinema have crafted an outline for a bipartisan deal on immigration.
Sens. Tillis and Sinema are working against the clock, as Title 42 is set to end on Dec. 21.
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US District Judge Emmet Sullivan last month gave the Biden administration an extra five weeks to phase out the policy after law enforcement and immigration officials warned that ending the order could result in as many as 18,000 migrants flooding across the US border every day. 

Also accelerating the timeline is fear among lawmakers that federal courts could terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, instituted during the Obama administration, in the coming months. 

A federal judge in Texas ruled last July that the program was unlawful and a federal appeals court this summer sent the case back to the judge this summer for further review.

Supporter of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival rally for the policy in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 6.
Supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals rally in Washington, DC, on Oct. 6.
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DACA shields illegal immigrants brought to the US by their parents as children from deportation. 

The 11th-hour proposal faces a rough road in Congress, and it is unclear if Sinema and Tillis could get the 60 votes it would need to pass the Senate — including 10 Republicans. 

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said he hasn’t been part of the negotiations and threw cold water on the possibility of it getting through the Senate this year. 

“I have said to them that I don’t think there’s any way we can pass immigration legislation without addressing the crisis at the border,” Cornyn told the Washington Post.

He said the lack of enforcement at the border by the Biden White House has made it “almost impossible” to reform the immigration system for the better. 

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