After a few days of debate and failed votes on four different immigration plans, the Senate is unlikely to pass any legislation addressing the status of nearly 700,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. While DACA is scheduled to end on March 5th, legal injunctions may prevent the program from shutting down entirely.
The immigration bill that was closest to receiving the necessary 60 votes as a bipartisan immigration bill that would have given about 1.8 million people previously eligible for the DACA program a path to US citizenship while providing $25 billion to border security measures. That vote was 54 to 45. California’s two Democratic senators split on the vote, with Senator Kamala Harris voting against the bill and Senator Dianne Feinstein voting for it. The bill described as the preference of the White House failed on a 39 to 60 vote. The Senate is not expected to vote on any additional immigration measures in the near future.
The March 5th deadline has recently been seen as a non-urgent deadline due to recent court rulings. The original executive order rescinding DACA stated that renewals would cease as of September 5th, but a judge has reopened DACA renewals, though new applications are not being accepted. If you or a loved one is a DACA recipient eligible for renewal, the immigration attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth can help you with your renewal application. Call us today at 888-517-9888 to receive a free consultation.