Roll Call/ Lindsey McPherson/ October 25, 2017

Sen. Richard J. Durbin said he and Sen. Lindsey Graham have been in active negotiations with Republican senators to seek out a version of the DREAM Act that can pass the Senate.

The deal is being negotiated without input from the Trump administration, the Senate minority whip said.

“We’re kind of at the congressional level right now, the senatorial level. At some point we want to reach out to the White House,” the Illinois Democrat said.

The goal is to find consensus within the Senate and present it to the administration, Durbin said. The deal still under discussion would likely include Durbin and Graham’s so-called DREAM Act, which would provide legal status to the young immigrants currently enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, as well as enhanced border security measures.

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