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US Senate begins rare open debate on immigration

14 February 2018

President Trump is throwing his support behind Sen.

Mr. Schumer wants the legalization debate to encompass as many illegal immigrants as possible, but said he doesn't want to go beyond "border security" on the enforcement side, which is why he objected to votes on a sanctuary city crackdown earlier Tuesday.

The Trump plan faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

Durbin says Kim's family resembles many other immigrants who don't bring wealth and often don't bring a proficiency in English.

On Monday, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee announced a bill that would provide a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million DREAMers, in exchange for $25 billion for a border wall and at least a 25% cut in legal immigration.

"There are a lot of different groups, as you know - some of them bipartisan, some of them Republicans only - discussing the way forward", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters at a press conference last Tuesday. His day-to-day turnabouts on the issues have confounded Democrats and Republicans and led some to urge the White House to minimise his role in the debate for fear he'll say something that undermines the effort. He wrote, "This will be our last chance, there will never be another opportunity!"

The bill talks of possibly legalizing almost 1.8 million "Dreamers" or recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, program, in exchange for some of the biggest enforcement changes in two decades. It was the second time in a month that a federal judge blocked the administration from ending the program. The White House has repeatedly claimed DACA recipients have until March 5 to worry about being at risk of deportation. "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.

A deal to address the fate of roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the country as minors is now on thin ice after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sided with President Donald Trump's hardline immigration proposals. Many Democrats are reluctant to help fund the wall, which is aimed at keeping illegal immigrants out but is seen by many lawmakers as too expensive and too inefficient. "Instead, we must focus on providing certainty to Dreamers and keeping families together".

Still, the price tag of the wall and the other security changes are likely to be hard to swallow for Democrats, who have indicated no willingness to crack down on current illegal immigrants as part of the ongoing negotiations.

But the Grassley bill likely doesn't have the backing of 60 votes or even 50, with Republicans like Arizona Sen.

The hazy Senate process is expected to include votes on a wide range of proposals, including a version of a framework released in January by the White House. On Tuesday morning, the chamber did what it does best-that is, not much.

"Sen. Gardner wants an immigration compromise that cannot only pass the Senate, but can pass the House and be signed into law by the President". "That's the way the Senate always used to operate, that is a good way to legislate".

"If the Democrats want to make a deal, it's really up to them". However, the Republican Senators who argued for a path to citizenship for the country's 11 million undocumented residents found themselves in a spot in 2016 when Mr. Trump built his campaign on an anti-immigration platform. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; John Cornyn, R-Texas; and others.

"I can tell you the [Democrats] who are up for re-election in states Donald Trump won get it", Cotton said.

US Senate begins rare open debate on immigration