Durbin Statement On Senate's Failure To Pass Bipartisan Protection For Dreamers

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after the Senate failed to advance bipartisan legislation to protect young immigrants known as Dreamers:

When the President ended DACA five months ago, he set in motion a crisis jeopardizing the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people and their families. He then demanded his entire anti-immigrant wish-list as ransom to restore these young people’s protections. Democrats made enormous concessions in order to reach not one but six separate, bipartisan agreements to pass the overwhelmingly popular Dream Act in exchange for a dismally unpopular border wall. The President and his enablers in Congress rejected them all, never once budging from their own partisan plan.

This crisis isn’t going away, and I will not rest until these young people and their families have the future in America that they deserve.