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According to Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a bipartisan group of senators has reached an immigration bill — but other top Republicans are saying not so fast.
Two days after President Donald Trump held a bipartisan meeting on immigration at the White House, Flake told reporters that “we've got this bipartisan group. We are at a deal ... It's the only game in town.”
The Arizona senator added that a border security package is the largest hurdle to reaching a deal. “That's what we're working on, but we've pretty much got a bill.”
However, other Republican senators working on the so-called “Gang of Six” team appear to be less sure that deal has been reached. “No deal yet,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Thursday.
Graham reportedly just had a meeting with the White House about the bipartisan proposal, adding he's "hopeful that that meeting will maybe lead to a breakthrough.”
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) appeared to suggested he wants the information about the bill released before weighing on a deal: “I think it's a good idea for them to share that with everybody else.”
The Daily Beast is reporting that the immigration deal would score wins for both Republicans and Democrats, with some Democrats worried they'd be giving up too much ground in order to secure a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) fix before the March deadline.
Among the victories for the White House includes funding for, as The Daily Beast puts it, “some sort of physical structure along the southern border” while noting there is still friction over calling that structure a wall — something the president has recently stated was essential for him to sign the deal.
The deal would also institute the legal protections for so-called “Dreamers” that Trump rescinded in 2017 after he ended the DACA program.