US Senate begins debate on immigration

US Senate begins debate on immigration

US Senate begins debate on immigration

The president has made it clear that he will not sign a bill that only protects DACA recipients - those brought to the US illegally as children - and also wants border protection, an end to the VISA lottery system and chain migration. It was the second time in a month that a federal judge blocked the administration from ending the program.

"I think the broader concern other than the long wait is that this is going to be done at the stake of their parents, saying 'okay we'll provide some legislative fix for Dreamers but we're going to deport everyone else, '" said Cortes of the proposal to limit family migration. It would pave a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million young "Dreamer" immigrants in the US illegally, a lure for Democrats.

The chances of a bill being passed that would even remotely resemble Trump's hardline immigration comments is very unlikely, especially with more moderate Republicans like Senators Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and Jeff Flake already voicing concerns over the issue. According to his specifications, the bill is expected to place substantial restrictions on immigration, as well as fund construction of a wall across the southern border. "Instead, we must focus on providing certainty to Dreamers and keeping families together".

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The Democrats may try to get a vote on the swing-vote Senator's bill on January 14 or 15 partly because the Senate's immigration debate may not continue on Friday, January 16.

His day-to-day turnabouts on the issues have confounded both Democrats and Republicans and led some to urge the White House to minimize his role in the debate. The plan carries a significant political risk that none of the ideas will have enough votes to pass, leaving Congress unable to fulfill its pledge to protect the roughly 700,000 people enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. On Tuesday morning, the chamber did what it does best-that is, not much. Mr. Trump released a statement, urging the Senate to support Grassley's bill and oppose bills that "fail to deliver for the American people".

But as of Tuesday afternoon the Senate had not yet voted to move to the legislation. No one is gonna get everything they want. That 60 vote threshhold will be hard to reach, which means Majority Leader McConnell is likely to offer the proposals as amendments.

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"[Gardner's] goal is to find a solution for Dreamers so he is willing to look at other proposals to get to that goal", Contres said. But competing factions in a divided Congress leave many questions about the path forward. Although the bill is expected to grant a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegals, it also secures $25 billion for the border wall, and other vital immigration reforms - like an end to "chain migration" and the idiotic and risky "diversity lottery". Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Sen. He was part of the group including Bennet and Gardner who reached the bipartisan solution next month.

Cotton, often seen as a hardliner on immigration, said his bill gives a pathway to citizenship to otherwise law-abiding illegals, as well as $25 billion in allocation toward border security measures.

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