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With the DACA countdown clock ticking ever faster, criticism for the GOP comes from an unexpected end. US Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona claims that his Republican Senate colleagues failure to pass immigration legislation so far means that they would be better to accept a fallback plan which would extend DACA protections for three years to "dreamers" in exchange for three years of border security funding.
Mr Flake calls it his "three for three" legislation. In an opinion piece about his idea, he stated that: "I sometimes feel a little defensive when I hear someone say Congress is incapable of solving big problems."
"But that's a hard point to argue after watching the Senate squander its best opportunity to pass legislation both to protect young immigrants affected by the uncertain future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and to strengthen security along the border."
"Somehow, despite sweeping public support for both these items, we could not find a compromise that 60 senators could agree with."
"To say it was a disappointment would be an understatement."
Meanwhile President Trump is also continuing to push for a DACA solution himself. When reminding the American people that his party is now leading the polls, he said yesterday that the Democrats “want to do nothing on DACA, Republicans want to fix!.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Republicans are now leading the Generic Poll, perhaps because of the popular Tax Cuts which the Dems want to take away. Actually, they want to raise you taxes, substantially. Also, they want to do nothing on DACA, R’s want to fix!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/965932714141650946?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 20, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Mr Trump wants Congress to set aside $25 billion to spend on border security and immigration enforcement enhancements over the next decade in exchange for the continued protection of DACA dreamers.
Senator flake believes this is probably too much for Congress to swallow.