Trump blames Democrats, and vice versa, as efforts to protect 'Dreamers' have fizzled out

Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau on

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After lunch with fellow Republican senators on Tuesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky gave no sign that he's willing to take another stab at an immigration bill. He instead is focused on passing bills overhauling Obama-era banking regulations and acting against human trafficking, and voting on judicial nominations.

Congress would have to scramble if court injunctions lift later this year and DACA protections begin to expire.

On the Senate floor, Durbin showed a poster-sized picture of a DACA recipient named Alejandro, who, the senator said, was brought to this country at age 4, studied hard, worked at Teach for America, and is now teaching at an elementary school in Colorado.

"What's going to happen to him if Congress fails to replace DACA?" Durbin asked, adding, "Why would we want to throw him out of this country? To me it would be a horrible waste."

(Cathleen Decker of the Los Angeles Times and Christi Parsons of the Tribune Washington Bureau contributed to this report.)

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