Immigration bills fail in the Senate, fate of Dreamers murkier than ever

The Senate on Thursday failed to advance four proposals on immigration reform.

With the hopes Congress comes to an agreement on immigration this week now completely out of reach, the fate of the Dreamers — and the deadline for Congress to act — is now murkier than ever.

Late Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement saying, "...the Schumer Democrats in the Senate demonstrated again that they are not serious about DACA, they are not serious about immigration reform, and they are not serious about homeland security. They filibustered a proposal with an extremely generous path to citizenship because it also contained reforms that secured our border and secured our immigration system."

Sanders said the next step would be for Republicans in the House to advance a proposal by Judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte and Homeland Security committee chairman Mike McCaul.

The Trump administration announced last year it would end protections for DACA recipients on March 5th, but in recent days two separate federal court injunctions have effectively halted that process, instructing the Department of Justice to maintain the current DACA program as it was before the Sept. 5 announcement.

Meanwhile, negotiations are at a complete standstill.

All the while, lawmakers have faced increasing pressure from a turbulent president who has vowed to veto any bill that doesn't address his four pillars on immigration.

Instead, he’s imposed a deadline at the end of next month to resolve the issue.

“This place works better with deadlines and we want to operate on deadlines,” Ryan said. “We clearly need to address this issue in March.”

And what about the Dreamers?

The federal judge who issued the most recent injunction this week noted that while the government will resume DACA renewals, it does not have to accept new DACA applications.

On March 5, Durbin says 1,000 Dreamers will lose their work permits every day for the following two years. They could be subject to deportation.

The federal judge who issued the injunction noted that some of them may face the loss of health care, imposing burdens not on the immigrants themselves but also on public hospitals.

And employers will be hurt too, as DACA recipients lose their jobs, “resulting in staggering adverse economic impacts” that could include up to $800 million in lost tax revenue, the judge wrote in his ruling.