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Senate Embarks On Immigration Debate With No Solution In Sight

14 February 2018

Trump has proposed an extremely generous program that would legalize 1.8 million of the DREAMers, put them on a path to citizenship, and clear a backlog of up to 5 million potential immigrants now awaiting visas.

Democrats say they are open to a smaller deal, legal status for DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers and beefing up USA borders. "Wouldn't it be great if we could finally, after so many years, solve the DACA puzzle", Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday, a federal judge in Brooklyn, New York, blocked the Trump administration from rescinding on March 5 former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which protected the Dreamers from deportation.

The U.S. Senate begins work on an immigration plan this week.

Her record-setting speech - predictably lauded by the liberal media - was followed by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), who reminded his colleagues that Trump had offered an amnesty deal to Democrats during his State of the Union address. The Secure and Succeed Act would give a path to citizenship for almost two million undocumented immigrants, fund border security and the border wall with $25 billion, limit family-based immigration and eliminate the diversity visa lottery. That gives a group of moderate lawmakers more time to come up with a package that could generate 60 votes in the Senate. "I don't think either of them will get large bipartisan support, but it will give us an idea of the parameters and can set us moving".

Capitol Hill. What comes in the next weeks to come?

It's expected to be one of several amendments the senate will consider this week. Aides would not say whether Flake's proposal is endorsed by other Republicans or any Democrats.

President Donald Trump says it's up to Democrats to decide whether to extend protections for young immigrants living in the country illegally.

"That will tell us sort of the bounds", Schumer said in a press conference.

We believe Trump's proposal, which also includes changes to chain migration and the visa lottery system, provides a place from which to start a substantive, valuable discussion. "Rather, this is the moment for a narrow bill".

Democrats and some Republicans have opposed Trump's hardline stance, especially on its restricting family-based immigration to spouses and children, and on massive funding for the border wall.

"There will probably be at least three bills", Feinstein told VOA.

The bill from Republican Sens.

Nobody seems to know what, if any, immigration legislation McConnell would support to clear the Senate or what his endgame might actually be, Politico reports.

"Whoever gets to 60 wins", McConnell told reporters at a news conference on February 6. "Ultimately, when the senators in both parties have a choice between the President's proposal or nothing at all, I think the President's proposal will succeed".

- Senate Republicans on Tuesday turned up the heat on Democrats to accept demands from President Donald Trump for tougher immigration laws and a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border as part of a bipartisan deal to aid young "Dreamer" immigrants. Dianne Feinstein in Los Angeles, California, Jan. 3, 2018.

McConnell issued a statement from the Senate floor, "The bill I move to, which will not have underlying immigration text, will have an amendment process that will ensure a level playing field at the outset". "It is a best and final offer", said Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming said. The key will be fashioning a pacakge that will get 60 Senators to vote for it.

Senate Embarks On Immigration Debate With No Solution In Sight