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No One Knows How the Senate's Immigration Free-for-All Will End

14 February 2018

The latest major effort to overhaul the United States immigration system was in 2013, when the Senate passed the so-called Gang of Eight immigration bill with a 68-vote margin but the House did not take it up. Grassley said Trump supports the measure.

Democrats prefer a narrower approach that deals with "Dreamers" and border security.

U.S. Senators are gearing up for another round of immigration debate. However, a bipartisan, middle-of-the-road proposal would likely be the only one that could get 60 votes, with Republicans holding a 51-49 advantage in the Senate and with Sen.

Lawmakers will compete to see which proposal can get to 60 votes first.

Seven GOP senators, led by Sen. The president has made it clear that he will not sign a bill that only protects DACA recipients - those brought to the US illegally as children - and also wants border protection, an end to the VISA lottery system and chain migration.

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They had been given temporary protection from deportation by President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

Still, the price tag of the wall and the other security changes are likely to be hard to swallow for Democrats, who have indicated no willingness to crack down on current illegal immigrants as part of the ongoing negotiations.

"Republican leadership shouldn't try to short-circuit bipartisan discussions at this point", a Democratic Senate aide told TPM.

Both Gardner and Bennet were committed Tuesday to passing legislation to protect DACA recipients and other Dreamers who never applied, but in statements, both were uncommitted to one single plan. John Thune (R-SD), speaks with reporters following the weekly policy luncheons at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday.

Mitch McConnell is fulfilling his promise to Democrats by opening up the Senate floor for a fortnight of immigration debate, but the Senate majority leader's intentions are a mystery, Politico reports. "The only enemy to this process is overreach", Schumer said.

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"Negotiations on DACA have begun", Trump tweeted early Tuesday morning.

The plan supported by the Trump Administration ties funding for increased border security-including the construction of a wall-to the creation of a path for citizenship for "Dreamers", as well as the elimination of the diversity visa lottery and restrictions on family-sponsored migration, commonly known as "chain migration".

And he warned Democrats that the Senate must find a measure that gets 60 votes this week, before Congress goes on a weeklong Presidents Day recess next week.

I'd say right now the chances are less than 50-50 for any kind of immigration reform bill - including DACA legislation - to make it through the Senate.

In offering a path to citizenship for so-called Dreamers, Trump has exceeded the demands of opposition Democrats - but only in exchange for tough cutbacks on overall immigration and funding for a massive wall on the Mexican border. Another debate is over comprehensive immigration reforms.

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No One Knows How the Senate's Immigration Free-for-All Will End