BREAKING NEWS: Six senators say they’ve reached a bipartisan agreement to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation and strengthen border security, according to the Associated Press. But they refuse to provide funding for a wall along the US-Mexico border.
President Donald Trump agreed to sign whatever immigration bill the senators could agree on. Which means that his wall won’t receive the funding it needs to be built — at least not yet.
The lawmakers say they’re seeking enough support to push the deal through the House.
The significance of their agreement was initially unclear. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said no deal has been reached and said the White House would keep working toward an agreement.
Three Republican and three Democratic senators have been working for months on a plan to protect people who arrived in the U.S. as children, many illegally. They had been shielded from deportation by Obama-era regulations that President Donald Trump has ended and will expire in March.
If the Dreamers get amnesty, that means their parents will be allowed to stay in the United States as well.
The senators say the deal also revamps a visa lottery and rules helping immigrants’ relatives enter the U.S.