Despite multiple promises and weeks of negotiation, a piece of bipartisan legislation intended to protect ‘Dreamers,’ young immigrants, failed Friday.
Four proposals made it to a vote in the Senate but none reached the 60-vote threshold and the House was unable to put forth legislation at all. Threats from the White House earlier in the week to veto a bill didn’t help either.
With the failed vote behind them, Washington’s lawmakers pledge to keep working toward legislation protecting those vulnerable immigrants from deportation.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said she will not stop fighting until suitable legislation is passed.
“Because President Trump and Congressional Republicans have refused to work with us to pass the clean DREAM Act, which would allow the millions of people who are currently living in fear to stay in the country they call home and start down the path to citizenship, I am working with Democrats and Republicans to see what can actually pass through this Republican Congress and get signed into law to protect as many people as possible while doing as little harm as possible to our immigration system and our American values,” Murray said in a statement.