US Senator Rob Portman, a Republican from Ohio, has been privately floating a new proposal for a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) fix that would give legal status, instead of full citizenship, to the program’s recipients in exchange for tighter border security.
The Hill reports Portman’s proposal to end the ongoing standoff with Democrats over immigration would stop short of creating a path to citizenship for the immigrants known as “Dreamers” and help deliver on US Donald President Trump’s promise to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.
“I just have been making the point that for those of us who want to get something done, we haven’t looked at some sort of skinnied-down version” of immigration reform, he said.
“Focus on what’s doable,” he added. “I’ve talked to Democrats and Republicans.”
Portman’s proposal is picking up support among Senate Republicans who want to sidestep a fight with the House…