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

Trump issues fresh opposition to short-term DACA bill

Trump issues fresh opposition to short-term DACA bill

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will bring a so-called shell bill to the floor, and senators from both parties will present amendments to enact immigration reforms.

Same thing on the other side. There's no reason in the world why if there is a core 60 votes to support something, we can't achieve it in the next few days.

Trump has insisted he will sign into law only a bill that contains his four "pillars" of immigration reform.

Schumer acknowledged that neither proposal would pass a 60-vote threshold, but he said it would give senators a better idea of the kind of compromises that could be made. "If legislation passes the Senate but doesn't go anywhere in the House - the job has not been done", Contres said. The debate, which may last the entire week, is not on any specific Bill.

But it appears unlikely to get 60 votes, which would include the support of at least nine Democratic senators. The Senate is scheduled to recess next week.

Sen. Chuck Schumer said immigration won't be easy during remarks at the McConnell Center in Louisville. The Democrats are resisting the move, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday called for a Bill that only deals with the question of "Dreamers" for now.

With the issue of immigration, more divisive under the present administration than it ever was, it is already a hard task for congress to be able to bridge the divide and it is unclear if any immigration bill, despite last week's bipartisan budget deal, would get at least the 60 vote required.

"We'll need to wrap this up this week", Mr. McConnell said.

DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Democratic former President Barack Obama initiated in 2012 and which has allowed around 700,000 Dreamers to legally study and work in the United States temporarily.

The program's March 5 expiration date is not set in concrete, however - a San Francisco judge's injunction has at least temporarily blocked removal of DACA protections ordered by Trump late past year.

McConnell agreed to the open-ended debate, a Senate rarity in recent years, after Democrats agreed to vote to end a three-day government shutdown they'd forced over the issue.

A group of GOP senators introduced the president's proposed framework as an amendment on Monday.

Durbin and other Democrats have talked of the possibility of a bill that provides for a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and additional border security, which could include the construction of more border fencing and other high-tech tools to deter illegal immigrants. Most Americans do not suffer from Trump hatred and the White House proposal will sound reasonable to a majority of Americans. Ted Cruz voted no.

The bill's chances are unclear in the Senate, as most Democrats have said the cuts to legal immigration are far too drastic and some conservatives have issues with the path to citizenship being available for such a large group.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the number two Republican in the Senate, said lawmakers have had plenty of time to prepare their proposals for votes during this week's debate.

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