WASHINGTON ― Members of Congress will soon need to decide whether they want to grant some sort of relief to the hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants President Donald Trump put at risk of deportation and losing their jobs.
On the Republican side, many senators said they wanted to help after Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. But only six have publicly supported standalone legislation in 2017 to grant so-called Dreamers legal status ― leaving 46 Republican senators who have not endorsed any bill this year that would allow people who came to the U.S. as children to avoid deportation.
Lawmakers’ past votes could provide clues about how they’ll vote on this year’s proposals. Only one current Senate Republican ― Lisa Murkowski of Alaska ― supported the Dream Act, a bill to grant legal status to Dreamers in 2010. She also supported a comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2013.
Others have been less consistent on their votes for bills to grant legal status to certain undocumented immigrants. Every other current Senate Republican who was serving in Congress in 2010 opposed the Dream Act, either through a straight vote in the House or a procedural vote that prevented it from moving forward in the Senate.
Below are the votes of every current Republican senator on the 2010 Dream Act and the 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill, along with their support for standalone bills this year. NAME STATE 2017 DREAM 2017 DREAM alternative Not yet introduced 2013 CIR 2010 DREAM House and Senate votes Richard Shelby Ala. – – No No Luther Strange Ala. – – Not in Senate Not in Congress Lisa Murkowski Alaska Yes – Yes Yes Dan Sullivan Alaska – – Not in Senate Not in Congress Jeff Flake Voted differently Ariz. Yes – Yes No John McCain Voted differently Ariz. – – Yes No John Boozman Ark. – – No No Tom Cotton Ark. – – Not in Senate Not in Congress Cory Gardner Colo. Yes – Not in Senate Not in Congress Marco Rubio Fla. – – Yes Not in Congress Johnny Isakson Ga. – – No No David Perdue Ga. – – Not in Senate Not in Congress Mike Crapo Idaho – – No No James Risch Idaho – – No No Todd Young Ind. – – Not in Senate Not in Congress Joni Ernst Iowa – – Not in Senate Not in Congress Chuck Grassley Iowa – – No No Jerry Moran Kan. – – No No Pat Roberts Kan. – – No No Mitch McConnell Ky. – – No No Rand Paul Ky. – – No Not in Congress Bill Cassidy La. – – Not in Senate No John Kennedy La. – – Not in Senate Not in…