McConnell Opens Senate Floor for Immigration Debate With No Endgame

McConnell Opens Senate Floor for Immigration Debate With No Endgame

Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, who has been blamed for causing a brief government shutdown as he opposed the bipartisan budget deal last week. Lawmakers are looking for the legislation to provide some form of legal protection for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S.as children, while also bolstering immigration enforcements. His day-to-day turnabouts on the issues have confounded Democrats and Republicans and led some to urge the White House to minimise his role in the debate for fear he'll say something that undermines the effort.

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. But the GOP margin for error in the House is much greater, giving Speaker Ryan some flexibility in presenting reform legislation. 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.

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

In addition to resolving DACA, Trump also wants Congress to fund his long-promised border wall, overhaul the family-sponsored visas that conservatives say enables "chain migration", and eliminate the diversity visa lottery, which provides as many as 50,000 visas each year to immigrants from countries with historically low rates of United States immigration.

Lawmakers now are embroiled in debates over an immigration deal that would create a pathway to citizenship for up to 1.8 million illegal immigrants brought to the U.S.as children.

The clock is ticking: almost 700,000 Dreamers who are registered under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program could begin losing protections from expulsion early next month.

Cotton also appeared Tuesday on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" to discuss the immigration compromise's chances, saying that Trump's framework bill "is not an opening bid for negotiations". Though his proposal has no chance of passage, Trump may be the most influential voice in the conversation. "If there are 60 votes for any of these proposals here in the Senate, we should be able to discover that".


The Senate began a rare, open-ended debate on immigration and the fate of the "Dreamer" immigrants yesterday, and Republican senators said they'll introduce President Donald Trump's plan.

Nobody seems to know what, if any, immigration legislation McConnell would support to clear the Senate or what his endgame might actually be, Politico reports.

And any bill that passes the Senate then faces an uncertain future in the House.

President Donald Trump reportedly plans on vetoing any immigration bill "that doesn't advance his common-sense immigration reforms", according to a senior White House official who spoke anonymously with Axios. There, Republicans are on the whole far less amenable to compromise with Democrats on the matter of immigration. The vote is expected at 5:30 p.m.

By expanding the promise of citizenship to all DACA-eligible young immigrants - and tying it to immigration cutbacks - Trump has put the Democrats in a corner.

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