On Thursday, the Senate voted against a number of rival immigration plans that attempted, in a number of different ways, to provide a path to citizenship 1.8 million immigrants, fund $25 billion in border security, or do both. The failed votes leave hundreds of thousands of DREAMers without any certainty regarding their future status in the United States, even as the protections laid out in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program are set to expire March 5th.
Despite the very high support for DREAMers in public polling, Congress cannot agree on a compromise to make a deal happen. The President as well as Senate Republicans blame the Democrats while Democrats blame the President.
VERDICT: With this level of animosity and blame being thrown around, it is hard to see a deal being struck in this short time period before the March 5th deadline. A lot of hard work and strategy goes in to every deal that comes up for a vote, so it is hard to think that there is much more room to negotiate. One of the only realistic routes for success will be if one or both parties decides it is more important to make a deal than it is to ‘win’ the negotiation process. For now, the odds are getting higher and higher that a deal will be made.