Rep. Fred Upton reacts to Senate immigration debate, hopeful for compromise
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Senate will resume debate Wednesday on immigration reform, but so far, they have not come to a compromise.
President Trump is enforcing a March 5 deadline to decide what happens with the DACA program and how to fund the border wall.
Right now the Senate is in a stalemate. Republicans pushed a plan they said offers a solution for the 1.8 million illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, as well as address funding for the border wall, extending family chain migration and the visa program.
Democrats, however, said some of the amendments are focused on cracking down on sanctuary cities and it is poisoning the debate.
Newschannel 3 spoke with U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R/St. Joseph) about where he stands on the issue. He told us, it all starts in the Senate.
"Obviously we have a March 5th deadline as it relates to the Dreamers, the DACA kids. But I think this could be an opportunity to work together to not only resolve that issue which we need to do, but look at a couple of issues relating to immigration as well," Rep. Upton said.
Rep. Upton said that once the Senate reaches a compromise, he believes the House can reach one within a few days.
If some amendments continue to fail Wednesday, a bipartisan group could introduce a new, simpler or reduced version of the bill that pairs legal protection for the DACA population with funding for border security.