Democrats will get what they wished for this week when the Senate takes up the issue of young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.
But in pushing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to agree to an open-ended floor debate, which gives senators a virtual blank check to introduce a broad range of immigration proposals, Democrats risk stirring up long-running fights over immigration policies that go beyond DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood program at the center of the recent budget battles on Capitol Hill.
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To many immigration reform advocates watching from the sidelines, the process will underscore how the Democrats’ all-or-nothing fight for so-called “Dreamers” has overshadowed the party’s ultimate goal of passing comprehensive immigration reform that grants a pathway
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