18.02.12 Open Debate in Senate

February 12, 2018
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Rare Monday in Senate
“Open Debate”

  • Open Debate = Just that
  • Any senator can bring legislation or amendments for consideration.
  • Why now? IMMIGRATION
  • Why It Matters? Coming off last week’s compromise on a budget bill, Senate *could* continue bipartisanship on immigration reform.

Flip Card Here

"We’re going to have something in the Senate that we haven’t had in a while. It’s a real debate on an issue where we really don’t know what the outcome is going to be."

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Az) ‘Meet the Press’ Feb 11, 2018

Why Now?

Clock is Ticking Toward A Deadline

In September, President Trump announced the winding down of the DACA program and gave Congress until March 5th to come up with comprehensive immigration plan.

Flip Here For DACA Cheat Sheet

DACA 101:

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

  • President Obama policy: Dates back to 2012.
  • Protects from deportation *some* individuals brought to U.S. illegally as children; NO pathway to citizenship.

Important To Know:

  • President Obama used executive action to create DACA.
  • President Trump can use executive action to rescind DACA.
  • Both sides arguably use DACA as bargaining for larger immigration reform.
  • Congress originates laws – For immigration reform to last, it needs to come from Congress.

Get Into The Nitty-Gritty

by Jenna Lee,