Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Senate Heads to Immigration Showdown Votes With No Clear Outcome

Senate Heads to Immigration Showdown Votes With No Clear Outcome

Susan Collins, R-Maine, appeared to be nearing agreement on a bill that would meet Trump's border funding demands, and, to the dismay of immigrant groups, restrict the ability of young undocumented migrants to sponsor their parents for citizenship.

The centrist plan, unveiled Wednesday by a group of 16 bipartisan senators, would protect 1.8 million Dreamers from deportation and provide $25 billion for border security.

The plan does little to constrain chain migration, nor does it tackle the Diversity Visa Lottery - conditions that Mr. Trump has set for any bill he will sign.

On Tuesday, Democrats blocked Republicans from setting up votes, while GOP senators themselves outlined different approaches for how to build a compromise that could get 60 votes - the supermajority required to overcome a filibuster and clear legislation from the Senate.

"The White House opposes the McCain-Coons immigration proposal, which would increase illegal immigration, surge chain migration, continue catch and release, and give a pathway to citizenship to convicted alien felons", said deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters.

When addressing immigration last week, McConnell said: "anyone who gets to 60 [votes] wins".

Although the Senate's immigration debate is off to a rocky start, Pittsburgh-area Dreamers are still hopeful their needs will be met. "We hope that the president and Republicans realize the same".

Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV): He supported the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill in 2013 and represents a Democratic-leaning state with a large Hispanic population.

"If we get this bill passed through the House and it ultimately gets to the president's desk, he would sign that bill", House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., told reporters Wednesday. They know no other home.

As Congress this week considers solutions to our nations immigration system, and a permanent fix for Dreamers, it will be presented with suggestions to slash family migration and to eliminate the diversity visa program.

The bill from Grassley and his colleagues, the Secure and Succeed Act of 2018, was announced late Sunday.

But supporters of the bipartisan measures counter that senators need to focus on what can pass their own chamber before worrying about the House GOP or Trump - who has sent mixed signals about his determination to help the Dreamers.

Chuck Grassley's immigration plan, urging the Senate to pass the "responsible and commonsense" proposal based on the White House's immigration priorities and threatening to veto proposals that contain further Democratic concessions.

"I am asking all senators, in both parties, to support the Grassley bill and to oppose any legislation that fails to fulfill these four pillars", Trump said, referring to his mulitpronged approach, in statement ahead of the bipartisan group's morning meeting.

Also in play is a more modest plan by McCain and Sen.

"There are a lot of things in it of course I have been against", she said, noting the $25 billion trust and the parents provision.

In the House, Speaker Paul Ryan is taking fire from some in his rank-and-file who want a broader bill that can better enable a crackdown on border crossings and employers who hire undocumented immigrants. He said only a few of about 170 members in the Republican Study Committee that he leads will support giving dreamers a way to become citizens that isn't an option for immigrants who came here legally.

The developments underlined the hard path any immigration plan faces as Washington remains starkly divided on one of Trump's signature issues. "But we've got to pass it", Flake told reporters.

And that is the create an end to the environment that incents people to bring their young children in here that created the DACA situation in the first place, and also ends the loopholes in here that create the opportunity for terrorists to use our immigration system against us. It does not touch on family reunification or the visa lottery. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) that would give legal protection to illegal immigrants brought to the country as children before December 31, 2013.

"To cut the kids off from their parents is cruel, but a central demand of Republicans throughout the negotiations of these various bills, " said Marshall Fitz, director of immigration at the Emerson Collective, a social justice advocacy group. Pat Toomey (R-Lehigh) proposed an amendment to defund so-called "sanctuary cities", municipalities that limit communication and cooperation with US immigration officers.

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