Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Senate opens debate on immigration proposals

Senate opens debate on immigration proposals

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., seized the House podium for eight hours Wednesday to chide both sides not to punt on the Dreamers issue again. "The only enemy here is overreach". "We couldn't agree more".

The administration proposes cracking down on overall levels of legal immigration and the type of immigrants who would qualify for visas.

Introducing Schumer, McConnell cited Schumer's memoir, which said his mother and father didn't want him to run for office. But President Trump and the Republican Senators by and large are firm on simultaneous action on other immigration issues, notably beefing up border security. "If there are 60 votes for any of these proposals here in the Senate, we should be able to discover that, because we've been talking about it for months". But that didn't happen.

Curtright warns many people will try and come up with scams to get money from immigrants and this is a time to stay informed on what's going on - and even consider finding an attorney if you're concerned about your status.

Tuesday morning, the president tweeted: "Republicans want to make a deal and Democrats say they want to make a deal". I'm not trying to dictate to them what they offer, they should not be trying to dictate to us what we offer, we ought to just get started ...

Trump, thus far, has balked on that front.

The DACA program, which shields undocumented immigrants brought to the children from deportation expires March 5. But the debate itself is not dealing with any single Bill at this stage.

In September, we said blame for the fact its beneficiaries live in limbo today as a result of President Trump's decision to rescind President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program in six months rests with Congress. 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.

"Whoever gets to 60 wins", McConnell told reporters at a news conference on February 6.

The U.S. Senate began a major immigration debate, its first in almost five years, on Monday evening. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, says Rand Paul is only concerned about deficit when it's convenient. With Trump's insistence on the wall, the Republican Bill has proposed $25 billion for border security.

The event came days after Congress narrowly passed a bipartisan temporary spending bill, which was opposed by Sen. Jeff Flake told reporters Monday night. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has been a key GOP negotiator in the bipartisan talks. But for those GOP lawmakers interested in much stronger enforcement of immigration law, the proposal being offered by Republican Senators has a lot of sweeteners.

In such a polarized environment, there is a significant chance that the Senate will pass nothing by the end of the week - or that whatever measure the Senate does adopt will be thwarted by the House.

Some Republican lawmakers have expressed scepticism the kind of fundamental changes in USA immigration law sought by Trump can pass the Senate by week's end, despite McConnell's warning of a tight new deadline when he told reporters: "We'll need to wrap this up this week".

While seven Republican Senators led by Chuck Grassley introduced on Monday their Bill mirroring the framework set out by President Donald Trump, some more immigration Bills are also before the Senate. Democrats would still have the option of filibustering against the full-year appropriations bill when the current temporary measure expires in March, but given that they would have demonstrated they don't have the votes to pass anything, Democrats would find it extremely hard to sustain a filibuster to close the government.

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. Chuck Schumer of NY, rebuffed the suggestion, calling instead for a vote on a bipartisan bill from Sens.

"For those members who want a full and open process, they are about the see how ugly and divisive things can get with each immigration-related amendment", said Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist who was an aide to former Sens.

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