Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York called on Republicans Wednesday to join in passing a pathway to citizenship for “all undocumented” in the United States.
“So my message to Senate Republicans is this: Work with us,” Schumer said. “Work with us on this widely supported policy, so we can reach agreement that will protect families and strengthen our economy, just as we passed other bipartisan accomplishments, which they thought couldn’t be done. Guns, veterans, CHIPS.”
“We can get it done here. We can get it done here. If we can get ten Republicans to join us, we will get this done by the end of the year,” Schumer continued. “It’s a smart thing to do, it’s the right thing to do, it’s the moral thing to do, it’s the humane thing to do, and I want to assure everyone here we will not stop fighting till we get a fix for DACA, a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and a pathway to citizenship for all undocumented.”
President Barack Obama instituted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012 to cover illegal aliens who arrived as minors. The program, which has been tied up in litigation, covers about 800,000 people.
Republican attorneys general and immigration hawks threatened to sue the Trump administration if it didn’t roll back DACA, while Democratic-led states opposing any rollback of the Obama administration’s program with litigation of their own.
There are at least 11.4 million illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States as of January 1, 2018, according to a Department of Homeland Security estimate.