Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) did not attend Wednesday’s hour-long meeting held by a bipartisan group of pro-amnesty Senators that has been collaborating on Dream amnesty legislation. The group, led by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), had been working on legislation that would pair a Dream amnesty with a few minor border improvements, failing to address any of Pres. Trump’s demands.
The two Republican Senators are reportedly no longer part of the working group which also includes Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). Sens. Bennet, Durbin, Flake, and Graham were all members of the Gang of Eight who’s 2013 bill would have doubled legal immigration and granted lifetime work permits to 11 million illegal aliens.
Sens. Tillis and Lankford are part of a separate working group that includes Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and David Perdue (R-Ga.) who have introduced the SECURE Act, S. 2192 that would pair an amnesty for DACA-eligible illegal aliens with an end to Chain Migration and increased border security.
Sens. Tillis and Lankford attended a meeting yesterday at the White House hosted by Pres. Trump and with Sens. Grassley, Graham, Cotton, and Cornyn. In the meeting, Pres. Trump made it clear that he wanted an end to both the Visa Lottery and Chain Migration in any deal on DACA.
Updated: Fri, Jan 19th 2018 @ 2:35pm EST