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Flake floats a temporary DACA deal

Jeff Flake speaking into a mic to the far left of the frame
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With the March 5 DACA deadline approaching, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) plans to put forth a measure that would temporarily extend protection for Dreamers while providing some funding for additional border security, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Flake's fallback isn't anyone's ideal solution but could be an acceptable fallback measure for both parties before Majority Leader Mitch McConnell kicks off an open immigration debate on the Senate floor next week. Thus far, Republicans and Democrats have failed to find common ground on a permanent deal that both protects Dreamers and meets GOP demands to increase border security, limit family-based migration, and end the diversity visa lottery.

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