"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", Trump said in a statement.
A bipartisan group of senators assembled an immigration Bill that could be voted on as early as Thursday.
Trump's refusal to consider other bills, at least in advance of something passing, could be a death knell for anything the Senate passes if he does not encourage the House to take it up. In addition to protections for "Dreamers," President Trump also wants $25 billion for a border wall with Mexico and other security measures, as well as curbs on legal immigration. The proposal would enshrine legal protections for 1.8 million young immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children but restrict legal immigration - a concession the minority party in Congress opposes.
"It is time for Congress to act, and to protect Americans", the President declared in his weekly address on Saturday, as he again made clear his goals in any immigration bill approved by Congress that deals with the Obama Administration's DACA program. The debate, which may last the entire week, is not on any specific Bill.
"I'm not trying to dictate to them what they offer".
The president wants to end the diversity visa lottery and limit family-based immigration to spouses and minor children.
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The 2 men met in January to hash out their differences, and "there was no breakthrough", according to Senator Gardner. But there still isn't enough support Capitol Hill to bring this issue to a head in 2018.
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.
"It will be an opportunity for a thousand flowers to bloom", Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said about the process. This will be an important part of the debate, because not only is it about what kind of bill can get through the House and Senate, but also, what is the President going to accept on immigration.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accused Trump of torpedoing efforts between Democrats and moderate Republicans aimed at finding a compromise. "President Trump and Congressional Republicans created this moral crisis and it is up to them to work in good faith with Democrats to reach a narrow agreement that pairs a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers with smart and sensible border security measures".
Senators resisted Trump's move to scare them off a bipartisan plan as they tried to amass the 60 votes needed from the narrowly divided Senate ahead of voting expected today. President Donald Trump has been a vocal critic of this program, which he says disproportionately helps people from "shithole" countries immigrate to the United States.
Lawmakers head to the Capitol Monday night to begin the debate on immigration reform. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has not committed to any legislative outline, saying only that he would said back a bill that would earn Trump's support.
"Our nightmare scenario is that we get into a long-term conversation about immigration", said Angel Padilla, policy director for Indivisible, a grass-roots organization, according to the Washington Post.