Bipartisan 'common sense coalition' defies Trump with immigration plan

Jeff Flake: 'Can Get Something Done' on Immigration This Week

Jeff Flake: 'Can Get Something Done' on Immigration This Week

The self-dubbed "Common Sense Caucus" of senators late Wednesday circulated legislation that would fulfill Trump's calls to grant legal status to 1.8 million young immigrants and would appropriate $25 billion for southern border security construction projects over the next decade - not immediately, as Trump wants. Susan Collins of ME announced Wednesday that after weeks of meetings, they finally had a proposal that would protect 1.8 million individuals eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in exchange for $25 billion in border security.

Democratic U.S. Senator Tim Kaine told MSNBC on Thursday he thought lawmakers were "very close" to the 60 votes needed on the Collins-led measure. "Or you can actually start fixing the broken immigration system". "We are in this pickle - in this worsening pickle, in this bad situation - because President Trump chose to end the DACA program, " he said.

Trump is not the first high-profile Republican to back the SSA - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), after remaining mum on which of the several proposals now floated in the Senate he preferred, publicly backed the proposal on Monday.

"President Trump somehow thinks that Democrats will be blamed for not getting a deal on DACA because we didn't go blindly along with his partisan plan - extreme as it is, with no input from Democrats". Charles Grassley and six other Republicans that includes his "four pillars".

Additional bills are expected to get Senate votes Thursday, including one by Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania that would crack down on cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcers.

They argued that legal immigration cuts must accompany any efforts to legalize Dreamers, lest it result in "catastrophic surges of illegal immigration as well as massive increases in the size of the legalized population". That delay ends on March 5. And he has said Democrats would offer several bipartisan proposals such as a bill by Sens.

U.S. President Trump on Wednesday threw his support behind Sen.

Part of the problem was that Democrats had no clear proposal to rally around.

Chuck Grassley and others that includes the President's proposal to grant a pathway to citizenship to the young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children who were covered by DACA, but also includes upwards of $25 billion for border security, hardline immigration enforcement and substantial cuts to legal immigration - the latter part of which has been uniformly opposed by Democrats and some Republicans.

He urged senators to oppose any legislation that fails to fulfil all four pillars and to oppose any "short-term Band-Aid approach".

One is a bipartisan effort from Sen. "If you come here in diapers and your parents brought you here, we're not going to attribute that crime to babies". By all means change the system to restrict chain migration and the lottery.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks next to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) at a news conference with Republican leaders after a closed conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday.

"If nothing passes, it's because Trump is insisting all these poison pills, " said Tyler Moran, managing director of DC Immigration Hub, a pro-immigrant activist group. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Chris Coons, D-Del., and supported by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

"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", he told reporters. Based on input from GOP colleagues, Coons said he might tweak his version of the legislation to include more immediate border security funding in a bid to win more Republican support.

Trump also cheered legislation introduced by Reps. It requires "a comprehensive border strategy, encompassing all known physical barriers, levees, technologies, tools, or other devices that can be used to achieve the above goals along with a justification, including a cost analysis for each linear mile of the border", while adding new immigration judges and "mandates coordination of federal and worldwide efforts to strengthen the rule of law and economic prosperity in Central America" to address the roots causes of migration.

Many Democrats consider some of the proposals, including limiting the relatives that legal immigrants can bring to the United States, to be non-starters. Pat Toomey (R-Lehigh) proposed an amendment to defund so-called "sanctuary cities", municipalities that limit communication and cooperation with USA immigration officers.

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