Short of a compromise, the fallback position would be to delay DACA's imminent end. On Thursday, Flake was also preparing for such a scenario, announcing he was working on legislation that would extend DACA for three years plus bolster border security.
Graham and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., at one point supported a three-year DACA extension. But that was in January 2017, before lawmakers caught a glimpse of the possibility a comprehensive immigration bill could actually become law.
Asked whether Democrats would support such a measure now, Durbin shook his head.
"You're going to hear as many variations as the fertile minds of my colleagues can produce," said Durbin, "but I will just tell you my goal is still a pathway to citizenship for the Dreamers, and will keep working towards that goal."
(Andrea Drusch of the McClatchy Washington Bureau contributed to this report.)
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