Sen. David Perdue: Trump wants all 4 'pillars' in immigration bill

Sen. David Perdue: Trump wants all 4 'pillars' in immigration bill

Sen. David Perdue: Trump wants all 4 'pillars' in immigration bill

You can do what we've done for the last 35 years - blame each other.

"Common sense dictates that we can not simply treat one symptom of our broken immigration policy".

Instead, many Democrats say the proposal with the best chance of survival is a narrow one that addresses DACA alone or paired with border-security measures short of a physical wall.

But immigration isn't Mr. Trump's only major plan right now.

President Donald Trump past year announced his administration was ending the Obama-era program known as DACA that gave protections from deportation to this group of immigrants.

However, lawmakers have struggled to reach consensus and be on the same page on the issue, by far.

That position was underscored Wednesday by a Department of Homeland Security statement that slammed a competing immigration measure being offered by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., has missed the last several weeks while battling cancer.

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.

According to a draft obtained by CNN, the bill would offer almost 2 million young undocumented immigrants who came to the USA as children before 2012 a path to citizenship over 10 to 12 years.

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Graham said, "The president's going to get his border security money and we're going to do a 1.8 million pathway forward. If legislation passes the Senate but doesn't go anywhere in the House - the job has not been done", Contres said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says the House will not vote on any plan that does not enjoy the support of President Trump.

Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa has submitted an immigration bill that does offer dreamers a path to citizenship, and it is backed by the President.

"This is the only bill that has a chance of becoming law, and that's because it's the only bill that will truly solve the underlying problem", said Senator Tom Cotton, a lead sponsor of the bill.

The debate happening this week in the Senate comes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., promised senators he would bring an immigration measure to the floor for debate if Congress was able to pass continuing resolutions in January and February to continue funding the government. It would provide $25 billion for border security, restrict family-based immigration, and end a visa lottery.

The most urgent immigration question relates to "Dreamers", those who came to the country illegally when they were children.

"I think some Democrats when they recognize that it's going to be the president's framework bill or nothing - because the House won't pass it, the president won't sign it - will decide when it's that choice. that they do want to, in fact, uphold the promises that they made, the Democrats made, to protect these young illegal immigrants", Cotton said. "You'll have Obama, Bush and Trump".

The Democrats' focus is essentially on securing a deal for the 700,000 "Dreamers" brought illegally into the U.S. as children. Those pillars would support tougher immigration law.

The DACA program, which shields undocumented immigrants brought to the children from deportation expires March 5.

But the Grassley bill likely doesn't have the backing of 60 votes or even 50, with Republicans like Arizona Sen.

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