Cornyn to Dems: Clock is ticking for DACA counteroffer

Cornyn to Dems: Clock is ticking for DACA counteroffer
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Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynTrump throws support behind criminal justice bill McConnell reelected as leader, Thune promoted to whip This week: Congress starts lame-duck with leadership fight MORE (R-Texas) said on Tuesday that the "clock is ticking" for Democrats to offer a counterproposal in the Senate on immigration.

In a response to a tweet from Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinTrump throws support behind criminal justice bill Schumer reelected as Senate Democratic Leader Criminal justice reform faces a make-or-break moment MORE's (D-Ill.) communications director, the No. 2 Republican senator said he is "anxious to see" the Democratic counteroffer to a GOP bill on immigration.

“But only deal was date and fair an[d] open process. Delivered as promised,” Cornyn tweeted on Tuesday. “Clock is ticking so I am anxious to see D counteroffer to POTUS’s proposal that can become law. None so far.” 

Cornyn’s comments come after Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRand Paul blocking Trump counterterrorism nominee On The Money: Trump, Senate leaders to huddle on border wall funding | Fed bank regulator walks tightrope on Dodd-Frank | Koch-backed groups blast incentives for corporations after Amazon deal Congress is going to make marijuana moves MORE (R-Ky.) signaled he will move to wrap up the Senate's immigration bill this week.


Cornyn said the Senate needs to finish its immigration debate by Thursday.

On Monday evening, senators voted to advance the immigration debate to the Senate floor. McConnell had promised a debate on immigration in order to get a spending deal in January but he has been careful not to commit to a solution on the pressing issue of renewing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

With the Senate expected to be out of town next week for Presidents Day, there is little time for the Senate to reach a deal before the initial March 5 deadline to find a fix for DACA.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMeet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time Avenatti denies domestic violence allegations: 'I have never struck a woman' Trump names handbag designer as ambassador to South Africa MORE has also been adamant about what he wishes to see in a proposal, making it harder for Republicans to compromise with Democrats' demands.

Trump rescinded DACA, which protects from deportation certain immigrants who were brought here illegally as children, in September with a six-month delay, putting pressure on Congress to act to extend the program and prevent hundreds of thousands of immigrants from facing deportation.

With the open Senate debate, any proposal that reaches 60 votes will be moved to the House.