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Senate opens the floor for proposals on immigration reform

Senate opens the floor for proposals on immigration reform

"While I obviously cannot guarantee any outcome, let alone super-majority support, I can ensure the process is fair on all sides", McConnell said of the plan to introduce a "shell" bill and then open the debate up to allow lawmakers on both sides to offer ideas in the form of amendments. A spokeswoman said he believes "it would be a serious mistake for Congress to pass legislation that grants a path to citizenship for those here illegally" - a position that puts Cruz at odds with Trump, who has endorsed legalizing 1.8 million dreamers. His day-to-day turnabouts on the issues have confounded Democrats and Republicans and led some to urge the White House to minimize his role in the debate for fear he'll say something that undermines the effort. "Our proposal is supported by the President, who's come a long way to reach a compromise".

Thus far, Democrats have chosen the latter.

"Glaring loopholes in our laws have allowed criminals and gang members to break into our country", Trump said in his weekly address, issued Sunday. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., is set to unveil his own plan.

On stage with his friend, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer first took on the topic that's top of mind for most in Washington. Accordingly, the Senate will consider the dreamers issue in an open process next week, opening the floor to whatever package can attract 60 votes.

But Trump and conservative Republicans have insisted that any immigration bill also include funding for a wall along the US border with Mexico, as well as ending "chain family migration" and the diversity visa lottery program.

But Senate Republican leadership said Democrats would have to act fast if they wanted to offer proposals. They'd initially demanded a deal toward helping Dreamers, not a simple promise of votes. "Whether they can stay in school, whether they can keep their jobs, whether they'll be separated from their families-these are as gut-wrenching as decisions in life as anyone might face, and I just don't know if we'll have 60 votes". If immigration reform is passed, it could be a big plus as Republicans look to hold on to their majority in the House and Senate. John McCain and Sen.

The March 5 deadline, which Trump created a year ago when he set the deadline and said Congress needed to pass legislation before then to restore protection for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, was also in question Tuesday, as New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman won a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York blocking Trump's order to end DACA on that date. The group includes Sens.

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Senators introducing the measure include Arkansas' Tom Cotton, John Cornyn of Texas and Iowa's Chuck Grassley.

Any amendment will need 60 votes to get attached to the unrelated House bill. It too would be certain to fail.

Democrats, and at least one Republican - Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. But he has also insisted on constructing a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, reducing the number of legal immigrants America accepts, and prioritizing newcomers with advanced work skills. A vote on that bill-unilaterally opposed by Democrats and dead on arrival in the Senate-is not expected this week. Neither group has come forward with a deal.

At another White House session days later, he told Durbin and Graham he was rejecting their bipartisan offer.

"President Trump has done something that President Obama never did". As president he has mixed expressions of sympathy for Dreamers with rhetoric that equate immigration with crime and drugs.

After a day of speeches but no votes, the Senate will begin the third day of deliberations Wednesday with back-room negotiations and votes on immigration measures, including those to legalize so-called Dreamers before the end of a program now protecting them from deportation.


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