Washington — A bipartisan group of senators has reached a deal on immigration to protect younger people brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
That’s according to a spokesman for Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake. The group includes Flake and Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin. They’ve worked with other pro-immigration senators for months in hopes of extending Obama-era protections called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said no deal has been reached and said the White House would keep working toward an agreement.
The group was on track to address border security and other issues, such as preferential treatment for family members of immigrants already in the U.S.
Spokesman Jason Samuels says, “Sen. Flake’s bipartisan group — the only bipartisan group that has been negotiating a DACA fix — has struck a deal.”
Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi earlier said an immigration working group is just “five white guys.”
The California lawmaker said there’s “plenty of other bipartisan activity going on that gives me hope that we’re pretty close” to agreement on the young immigrants and other immigration policy.
It’s plain the California Democrat has a dim view of the Trump-endorsed effort. The newly created group includes four top congressional leaders and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
Pelosi asks, “Why now? Except perhaps to delay?”
Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.