Trump Pushes Immigration Plan As Senate Mulls Narrower Path

Galtero Lara
Febrero 15, 2018

The U.S. Senate's week-long deliberations on immigration reform could culminate with votes later Thursday on competing proposals to change how America handles newcomers from overseas.

President Trump may single-handedly knock down whatever compromise comes out of the Senate's sprawling immigration debate before protections for "Dreamers" end, according to a report.

With Daca (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which was introduced by president Barack Obama to protect Dreamers, due to expire on March 5th, Congress must settle on a replacement programme in the coming weeks.

One of the proposals, sponsored by a group of Republican senators including Arkansas Sen.

Whitney Potter, a spokeswoman for Heinrich, said the senator has "serious concerns" about the proposal to spend $25 billion on border security included in the bipartisan bill under consideration in the Senate.

"Their solution provides funding to secure the border, reforms extended family chain migration and recalibrates the visa lottery program", stated McConnell. Bill Nelson (D-FL), as both sides know they need votes from the other party in order to come up with a plan that can pass the Senate. "He's offered 1.8 million young adults who are now DACA recipients and DACA-eligible an opportunity to get on a pathway to American citizenship", Republican Senator John Cornyn said.

The process for getting a vote on the bill is fraught, however, because Senate's rules are complex.

"There are 690,000 official DACA registrants and the president sent over what amounts to be two and a half times that number, to 1.8 million", Kelly said. Conservative House Republicans will also be reluctant to back a bill that does not include restrictions on legal immigration.

"Chain migration is a disaster and very unfair to our country", Trump said.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pooh-poohed the plan, saying it would "put unsustainable burdens on our local government & lead to #TrumpTolls all over the country, all while undermining important protections like #BuyAmerica".

The Senate is now considering an unrelated piece of legislation McConnell brought up to serve as a placeholder for an eventual immigration bill.

Trump's hard line was imperilling the prospects of a deal, as he urged senators to oppose a series of bipartisan efforts, including one gaining traction.

Trump also commended the House bill drafted by GOP Rep.

The report in Axios comes as both Republicans and Democrats begin to posture on what a final immigration deal, the subject of open debate in the Senate this week, will be.

"We will not stand by and allow Dreamers be held hostage, political hostage, to the administration's entire immigration agenda", Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin said.

"To anyone who doubts my intention to solve this problem and bring up a DACA and immigration reform bill, do not", Ryan said. Ciaran Staunton, the head of the immigration group, said it was vital that the specific situation of the undocumented Irish was considered, as well as any impact that changes to the visa lottery system may have on Irish immigrants.

Lawmakers now are embroiled in debates over an immigration deal that would create a pathway to citizenship for up to 1.8 million illegal immigrants brought to the U.S.as children.

"What we would like to have is a vote on a clean dream act without any additions", says Richard Morales, PICO National Network, who also opposes the increased border security. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, said Wednesday that leaders are checking members' support for a hard-line measure authored by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican.

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