A proposed "three-for-three" approach toward the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrival (DACA) program would protect Dreamers in the short-term, but it remains important to get funding for a wall at the nation's border, Sen. John Thune said Thursday.
"I think that a lot of us are looking to come up with a solution," the South Dakota Republican told Fox News' "Happening Now."
"The president, obviously, sees the bill that's currently moving through Congress as an opportunity to do that. It's important, I think, for him and many of us who believe we have got to strengthen our border security to get that wall system built, to get funding allocated to that."
Wednesday, the White House announced a plan that would extend DACA protections for three years in exchange for three years of funding for a border wall, The Hill reported.
It later walked back that approach but said there is still room for compromise.
"If there is a deal that could come together, I'm certainly not adverse to it," said Thune. "I think the administration has walked a little but from that more recently as well.
It's likely that the three-for-three approach was walked back because of opposition from Republicans, Fox News said, but Thune pointed out that it's more likely Democrats will oppose it, said Thune.
"Anything that goes into this legislation that's moving at the moment pretty much has to enjoy bipartisan support, because it takes 60 votes to pass in the Senate," said Thune. "I'm not dissing it; I'm certainly open to it. I think anything we can do to help address the border situation is action we should be taking."
Trump had initially offered legislation that would give 1.8 million DACA recipients a pathway to citizenship, but Democrats would not back that.
"We know it's still an issue that has to be resolved. We have got to do something to provide legal protection for DACA," he said. "But we also at the same time have to make sure that we're addressing, preventing the problem in the future and that's border security."
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