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Trump Backs Grassley Immigration Bill

15 February 2018

They know no other home. It would pave a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million young "Dreamer" immigrants in the U.S. illegally, a lure for Democrats that many Republicans oppose.

The Trump administration wants $25 billion to fund the border wall and strengthen immigration enforcement at the border.

Also in play is a more modest plan by McCain and Sen.

"President Trump's contribution to this debate has been to put forward a proposal that contains a vast curtailment of legal immigration, far outside the scope of DACA for border security, and demanded that Democrats support it", Schumer said.

Instead, Trump has thrown his support behind a proposal led by Sen.

The move came after he had Republicans sign four blank cloture petitions during Tuesday's conference lunch, which allows him to force votes on amendments if Democrats continue to stymie him. This sets the benchmark for any immigration bill that intends to be passed through.

Lawmakers for months have struggled to craft a compromise after Trump scrapped a program that allowed Dreamers to stay, and gave Congress until March 5 to find a solution. DACA recipients have the chance to renew their status before the Supreme Court decides to lift the injunction.

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"I'm not trying to dictate to them what they offer".

White House officials consider the pathway to citizenship to be a "dramatic concession" that is "very large and generous".

Even without a formal veto threat, it's unlikely a bill the President doesn't actively endorse would pass both chambers of Congress.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake, one of the bipartisan plan's architects, said he would try to advance it despite Trump's backing for the Grassley bill.

"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".

President Trump tweeted this: "Wouldn't it be great if we could finally, after so many years, solve the DACA puzzle".

Trump's public comments on immigration have shifted. "The fate of the Dreamers is on their hands".

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That proposal would cut legal immigration by at least 25% and crack down on "sanctuary cities" that do not fully cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts. They need to stop talking about it and fashion a solution that keeps the dreams of people who want to be productive citizens from being held hostage to shortsighted political agendas.

Grassley said family migration would be restricted to the nuclear family - an immigrant, their spouse and children under 18 - with some provisions for the disabled. "That means fixing broken parts of our legal immigration system". Kamala Harris, D-Calif. "Most immigrants came with, or pulled over, their family members, in particular their immediately family members". Many have lived among us for years.

Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat, was skeptical about finishing an immigration bill by the end of the week but said senators are known for striking deals in time for a recess week.

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. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and Pete Aguilar (D-Texas).

After weeks of complaining about the lack of time to debate immigration, senators are now two days deep into the debate and have yet to raise a single proposal on the chamber floor. "It would require a lot of soul searching among Dreamers whether they would even be able to support that". These pillars include resolving uncertainty over Daca - the programme that grants legal protection to so-called "Dreamers" - an end to chain migration, the cancellation of the visa lottery scheme and the building of a border wall with Mexico.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks to reporters as he leaves the office of Sen.

But number two Senate Republican John Cornyn said it was critical to pass legislation that could clear the House, where conservatives bridle at the thought of providing "amnesty" to millions of immigrants, and pass muster with Trump. Ciaran Staunton, the head of the immigration group, said it was vital that the specific situation of the undocumented Irish was considered, as well as any impact that changes to the visa lottery system may have on Irish immigrants.

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Trump Backs Grassley Immigration Bill