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Durbin: DACA deal unlikely this week

Senate Minority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL). Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The number two Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin, said Sunday on CNN that he’s not expecting a deal to be reached by Thursday — when government funding expires — to protect young immigrants from deportation.

“There is not likely to be a DACA deal, though we’re working every single day on telephone calls and person to person, to try to reach this bipartisan agreement. ... I don’t see a government shutdown coming, but I do see a promise by Senator McConnell to finally bring this critical issue that affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in America, finally bringing it to a full debate. That’s what we were looking for when there was a shutdown. We’ve achieve that goal, we’re moving forward.”
— Durbin said on CNN’s ‘State of the Union.