Senate Fails To Pass Immigration Legislation


Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) Thursday released the following statement after the Senate failed to pass immigration legislation:

“What this debate has shown is just how unserious the Democrats are about illegal immigration. If they were serious, they wouldn’t have shut down the government over DACA only to reject the one bill, endorsed by the president, that would’ve given DACA recipients the legal certainty they need. And they wouldn’t have introduced such a reckless proposal that had zero chance of becoming law. There’s broad agreement about how to solve this problem, but we won’t succeed unless the Democrats stop this incessant virtue-signaling and start negotiating in good faith. At this point, the House should take the lead and pass the Goodlatte-McCaul proposal.”

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement after the Senate failed to pass legislation that would resolve the status for DACA-eligible individuals while strengthening border security and enforcement measures to reduce illegal immigration:

“For months, Congress has been working very hard to try to help individuals who were brought here as minors through no fault of their own.

We all want to resolve the status of DACA beneficiaries with a long-term fix that ensures we are not right back in this situation again. That solution must address chain migration and the diversity visa lottery program, while providing our nation with desperately-needed, commonsense border security.

President Trump presented a thoughtful framework to accomplish these shared goals and Senator Grassley’s amendment, which I supported, turned that framework into legislation that could become law. Given our mutual goals, it should have passed the Senate in a bipartisan manner. I am disappointed that it did not.”

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