Narrow DACA Deal Fails In Senate As Immigration Votes Begin

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Over in the House, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) are shepherding legislation that follows the White House guidelines.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has his own bill that extends DACA for 3 years and border security funding.

Republicans weighed whether they could back a proposal that didn't address all four "pillars" the White House wanted - including an end to the diversity visa lottery and an overhaul of legal immigration. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. "If you came out of this with strong border security - the president getting his wall and the Dream Act population being taken care of - most Americans would applaud". But the mood was dour after the White House rejected any legislation that does not further limit legal immigration, and lawmakers aim to start leaving town for a week-long recess on Thursday night. Battles relating to illegal immigration, including the question of border security and the status of so-called "dreamers"-those brought into the United States illegally as children-are receiving the most attention". It would also place some limitations on Dreamers' ability to sponsor extended family members for visas.

Despite backing from several Republicans for the Collins-led plan, it was unclear if enough Democrats would get behind it to muster the 60 votes needed in the 100-member Senate, controlled 51-49 by Republicans. The one on the family-based, I think, has room in there on both sides where we can actually get the solution that we're all looking for.

The group of about 25 senators has been meeting privately, including Wednesday morning.

Democrats argued that sweeping alterations of America's immigration system be considered separately from legislation addressing the plight of beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, sometimes called Dreamers.

Almost two million illegal immigrants, many of who came to the country as children, would be offered an eventual path to citizenship as part of the plan.

The judge ordered the government to let people already in the DACA program continue enjoying protections but declined to guarantee the program to new applicants.

Every major plan - from the Grassley/Trump proposal to McCain-Coons - would have provided a path to citizenship for young people in the United States who are eligible for DACA. "We have to get through this phase of the legislative process first", said Collins.

The White House released a statement midday Thursday that said it "strongly opposes" the legislation.

But with the failure of today's deals, and as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to move on to other issues next week, the path forward for immigration reform remains murky.

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The White House's "four pillars:" Up to 1.8 million Dreamers would be protected. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., right, walk outside the chamber during debate in the Senate on immigration, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

We put the word debate in parentheses because there's really no debate about what the Republican establishment and liberal Democrats want; amnesty for all illegal aliens to establish One Party rule by Democrats and open borders to keep American wages at Third World levels to enrich the Silicon Valley oligarchs who fund both parties. But some lawmakers oppose anything that might be seen as rewarding the parents for entering the country illegally.

The GOP-led House is taking a different approach from the Senate. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.

"We're making real progress", Republican Sen. "Now you've got a compassionate president who has gone way beyond what they ever thought he would do".

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who is gauging support for a House bill that is much more restrictive than Trump's proposal, told reporters that the White House plan "should be the framework through which we come together to find a solution".

"It's going to take awhile, this is a complicated thing", said Sen. "We need to solve the problem, not perpetuate it indefinitely".

Over the past decade, Washington has struggled with immigration reforms which has created division even in this present administration.

Overnight, the Department of Homeland Security said in an emailed statement that the bipartisan proposal would be "the end of immigration enforcement in America". John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen.

A proposal offered by Democratic Senator Chris Coons of DE and Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona would give dreamers a path to citizenship and require the Department of Homeland Security to implement a border security strategy by January 2021. Make the Road New York, a community group that has advocated for Dreamers, called it a "mass deportation bill" that exploits a crisis Trump manufactured.

King said the legislation does what Trump asked for during a meeting and then in a tweet on January 9, in that it deals with the DACA dilemma and puts funding toward the wall Trump has adamantly promised to build between the USA and Mexico. Current law allows immigrants to sponsor not only their spouses and minor children, but their parents, adult siblings and adult children.

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