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Bipartisan immigration plan under Trump veto threat

Bipartisan immigration plan under Trump veto threat

Many Senate Republicans seem indifferent to achieving all the White House's priorities, giving Democrats little incentive to fold.

"The Grassley bill accomplishes the four pillars of the White House Framework: a lasting solution on DACA, ending chain migration, cancelling the visa lottery, and securing the border through building the wall and closing legal loopholes", the president said in a statement.

A group of bipartisan senators led by Republican Sen.

Trump wants a lengthy path to citizenship for the now registered 800,000 DREAMers and potentially a million more who qualify, as well as border wall funding, an end to family reunification other than for spouses and minor children, and an end to the diversity visa lottery.

It also includes a $25 billion fund to strengthen border security and possibly even construct segments of Trump's long-promised border wall with Mexico.

"Here we are on Wednesday, and we're off like a herd of turtles", sneered Republican Senator John Kennedy.

In September, President Trump announced the elimination of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to protect these immigrants from deportation, setting a March 5 deadline for Congress to address their status through legislation. The bill did not include DREAMers so Democrats blocked it; to end the stalemate, Schumer agreed to a deal with McConnell that called for the Senate to take up DREAMer legislation.

And chamber officials said they will resist any effort to cut the overall level of legal immigration, signaling that any green cards cut from family-based migration should be reallocated to business needs.

"I wouldn't bet my vehicle, but I would bet lunch that they might not end up with anything by the end of the week, " said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which seeks reductions in immigration.

Early Wednesday, Trump backed the Grassley plan in no uncertain terms.




The bipartisan deal would offer a pathway to citizenship to 1.8 million Dreamers and allocate $25 billion toward border security, according to Republican Sen. Called "family unification" by supporters and "chain migration" by opponents, these provisions were created by a landmark 1965 law that transformed the ethnic composition of the United States and account for most of the 1.2 million legal immigrants who enter the country each year.

Democrats are against Grassley's bill and have spoken favorably of a proposal introduced by last week by Sens.

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. But the president has thrown his weight behind the Grassley bill.

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., said the Goodlatte-McCaul bill could end up increasing illegal immigration because it would impose so many new restrictions on legal entry to the U.S. "I don't feel that way".

The remark brought action in the Senate to a standstill, with no votes on actual immigration legislation, despite assurances by leadership that an open-ended floor debate on the issue would take place this week, with both sides invited to offer amendments.

"Rather, this is the time for a narrow bill" - which Democrats have said would help the Dreamers and provide some money for border security.

"We have to rise above our differences, admit that no one will get everything they want and accept painful compromises", Schumer said. Sign up for our daily newsletters here.

Senators of both parties told VOA they see the compromise bipartisan proposal as the best hope for enacting immigration reform, although it remained unclear whether the bill could pass in the House of Representatives or whether Trump would sign it into law if it reached his desk.

On the Senate floor, Cornyn said: "Sympathy for DACA recipients is right and good because in America, we do not punish children for the mistakes of their parents". Dreamers are young immigrants who were brought to the USA illegally as children and still have no permanent protection from deportation. Flake. "Cutting legal immigration in half or by a third is just a nonstarter for me and a lot of Republicans and certainly all the Democrats".

"We want to do two things: protect Dreamers and get 60 votes", said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. Susan Collins, R-Maine, appeared on the verge of a breakthrough on a rival strategy.