Senate off to slow start on immigration debate

Senate off to slow start on immigration debate

US President Donald Trump gestures during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the US House of Representatives in Washington, DC, on January 30, 2018.

A proposal offered by Democratic Senator Chris Coons of DE and Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona would give dreamers a path to citizenship and require the Department of Homeland Security to implement a border security strategy by January 2021.

Scott Endee, of Hudson, said he is conflicted on the issue of immigration. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).

Republican support for the bill is also a nagging unknown. Heinrich is also open to considering the McCain-Coons bill, his spokeswoman said, although it is not now under debate in the Senate. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. Patrick J. Toomey, is unrelated to the Dreamer debate and would instead seek to withhold funding from "sanctuary" jurisdictions that decline to cooperate with federal immigration laws. It said the proposal would "increase illegal immigration, surge chain migration" - a term critics use to describe family-based immigration - and cause other problems.

Days of freewheeling debate are expected as a deadline draws near for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought illegally to America as children.

"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., said Wednesday. It includes many enforcement measures beyond the priorities the president outlined.

Ryan said on Wednesday the House "clearly" must address legislation next month to deal with the Dreamers. Different amendments will be offered that will compete for 60 votes, the threshold to advance legislation in the Senate.

"Who would've ever thought from the campaign the president would be for citizenship" for Dreamers, Grassley said during his weekly call with reporters on Wednesday morning. This is the question for the United States Senate: "Do we want to pass a bill, or do we want to pass a law?" Many Democrats consider some of the proposals, including limiting the relatives that legal immigrants can bring to the US, to be non-starters.

Dreamers are young immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as children and still have no permanent protection from deportation.

The deal would give 1.8 million "Dreamers" a path to citizenship in return for $25 billion to build President Donald Trump's U.S. -Mexico border wall.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a staunch advocate for Dreamers and member of the bipartisan coalition, said the deal would forgo changes to the diversity visa lottery because discussions over the program had become "too politically toxic". Last fall, Trump moved to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which had provided temporary work permits to about 690,000 dreamers.

Trump would want to focus that money on construction of a U.S. -Mexico border wall. Ryan has also said he won't bring up legislation that doesn't have the support of the president, to avoid risking a veto.

The Grassley bill would go further than what Trump has outlined.

The moderates' measure does not alter a lottery that distributes about 55,000 visas annually to people from diverse countries.

Meadows and others said the Grassley measure isn't tough enough.

The Democrats, Schumer said, are focused like a laser on finding a bipartisan bill that can pass the Senate to protect the Dreamers.

The Republican majority leader, Sen.

Asked if he thinks there is too much legal immigration now in the country, the senator said, "I know there are some people (who) think we have too much legal immigration".

With just three weeks before DACA recipients face possible deportation, young immigrants in Santa Monica, California used the occasion of Valentine's Day to conduct a "Vote for Love" outreach effort by imploring people to call senators' offices and urge them to back legislation that protects Dreamers. In fact, a recent court ruling has rendered that deadline meaningless.

A GOP bill tracking Trump's proposal and backed by McConnell has been introduced. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Sen.

Immigration is a political lightning rod with the Republican base, and many GOP lawmakers are wary of opening themselves up to criticism by backing a bill that Trump doesn't support.

The waiting period can last a few months to more than two decades, depending on the country of origin, the sponsor's immigration status and the applicant's relationship to their sponsor, The Times reported.

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