Trump pushes immigration deal, says 'last chance' to pass

The Capitol Dome of the Capitol Building at sunrise Friday Feb. 9 2018 in Washington. The Senate is ready for a showdown debate over immigration including whether to protect young

Trump pushes immigration deal, says 'last chance' to pass

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who promised an open and fair debate on the fate of Dreamers, stepped up his support for the Grassley bill.

It would boost the number of immigration judges and attorneys to try to work down the immigration court backlog, which contributes to undocumented immigrants being left in the U.S. for years as they await hearings, and it would also make voluntary worker verification systems permanent - a concession to Republicans but far short of the mandatory use of the e-verify system for every employer that hardline conservatives have long demanded. "Wouldn't it be great if we could finally, after so many years, solve the DACA puzzle". He wrote, "This will be our last chance, there will never be another opportunity!"

With Daca (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which was introduced by president Barack Obama to protect Dreamers, due to expire on March 5th, Congress must settle on a replacement programme in the coming weeks. A second federal district judge this week echoed that decision.

But by expanding that to all 1.8 million DACA-registered or DACA-eligible young immigrants, and attaching it to other reforms, Trump has put the Democrats in a corner.

The program's March 5 expiration date is not set in concrete, however - a San Francisco judge's injunction has at least temporarily blocked removal of DACA protections ordered by Trump late previous year. "Instead, we must focus on providing certainty to Dreamers and keeping families together".

"It's going to be a robust debate, and it could produce the best of what the Senate can produce, a bipartisan agreement, which it will have to be in order to get to 60 votes", said Sen. The bill would also restrict that money to only its designated goal and require annual reporting from the government on the border. But Democrats have panned it, making it highly unlikely that it would garner enough votes to pass.

It will be an uphill battle to find a bill that Democrats will support that can also win over President Trump and the more conservative House members.

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Both parties' leaders hope debate can be concluded this week, but it's unclear if that will happen or what the product, if any, will be.

Gardner's spokesman, Casey Contres, told Denver7 as much Tuesday.

"It's the one bill that can become law".

"We know that this week will be a test of whether the Senate can steer the ship of state through the stormiest waters", Schumer said.

Many Democrats consider some of the proposals, including limiting the relatives that legal immigrants can bring to the United States, to be non-starters. -Mexican border that Trump has called for as a candidate and as president. Their proposal, under Grassley's bill, goes beyond the almost 700,000 immigrants now protected under DACA and extends to other young immigrants who either did not initially qualify or sign up for the Obama program. "Something passed the Senate in 2013, we've spent three months talking to the Democrats about this, 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". Despite a handful of proposals - some even bipartisan - there has not been a vote on a bill in either chamber of Congress. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday.

Trump's hard line was imperilling the prospects of a deal, as he urged senators to oppose a series of bipartisan efforts, including one gaining traction. Several other Republicans, including Tom Cotton (R-Ark), would codify President Donald Trump's move to restrict the family-sponsorship visas as well as the diversity visa lottery program.

But that measure, from the Senate's most hawkish Republicans on immigration, is unlikely to gain much, if any Democratic support. It's possible the Senate could be voting on amendments as soon as Tuesday afternoon.

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