Mitch McConnell expects bipartisan DACA-legal immigration deal


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he expects Republicans and Democrats to strike a compromise deal to allow recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to remain in the U.S. in exchange for measures on border security or to end “chain migration,” which makes it easier for family members of current U.S. residents to enter the country.

McConnell said in an interview that aired Saturday that he expects a deal to be struck that improves the legal immigration system and laid out multiple possibilities.

“Yeah I think so,” McConnell told MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt, when asked if there’s room for a compromise on the issue. “The Democrats desperately want DACA. Republicans are not necessarily opposed to that. The president has set it up in such a way that we have an incentive to act here because he’s given us six months to come up with a proposal.”

“I think there ought to be something relate to making the American legal immigration system better, achieved along with DACA,” McConnell said. “It could be border security, it could be chain migration, it could be the diversity quotas, but something that tangibly improves the legal immigration system in this country ought to be attached to DACA.”

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