McConnell Says GOP Unlikely to Back Stand-Alone ‘Dreamer’ Bill Unless It Addresses Border Crisis

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that Republicans would be unlikely to support a stand-alone bill addressing the issue of people living illegally in the United States after entering as children, nicknamed “Dreamers,” unless the legislation takes a broader swipe at resolving the border crisis. McConnell made the remarks at a Senate Republican leadership news conference, during which he blamed President Joe Biden’s messaging on the border and immigration reform for the surge in illegal immigration. “Well, all I can tell you is that everybody is sympathetic with the DACA issue,” McConnell said, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an Obama-era framework that protects Dreamers from deportation. “But, as a practical matter, given the crisis at the border … I can’t imagine that we would take up an immigration-related bill, no matter how worthy it might be … without insistence on our part that …

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