US Senate Begins Work on Immigration Plan

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The president was referring to deadline he imposed, which says the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program protecting young immigrants from deportation would end. He wrote, "This will be our last chance, there will never be another opportunity!"

Any immigration proposal will need three-fifths backing to advance in the Senate, where Republicans have a slim one-seat majority.

An immigrant who was brought to the US illegally as a child castigated Democrats, particularly Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), over the weekend for "using" Dreamers like him as political "pawns".

In the coming week, Schumer said the senate will be looking at one of the most contentious issues they face: immigration. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas. But when asked if his bill has any support from Democrats, Cotton demurred.

"I just don't know at this moment if we'll have 60 votes, I don't know if we can get 11 Republicans to join all the Democrats", he said.

Among the bills likely to be the table is a plan introduced Monday by Sens. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., described it as "an all-Republican measure".

"It we focus on that in the next two days, I think the Senate will do its work and get it done", Schumer added.

The Secure and Succeed Act, being championed by a group of Republican Senators, is closely aligned to Mr. Trump's views. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., is set to unveil his own plan.

Moreover, in this tense political climate, Democrats and Republicans are having a hard enough time trading "x" for "y" issue, and it's infinitely harder to structure a deal that gets you "a + b + c" in exchange for "x + y + z".

It also allocates $25 billion for border security while cutting legal immigration in half.

The negotiations are complicated by Republicans' demands to pair any protection for DACA recipients with an increase in border security, and other limits on legal immigration, and by conflicting pronouncements from Trump. Mr. Hatch's Immigration Innovation Act proposes changes to the visa programme that will allow higher wages and an easier route to permanent residency for skilled workers.

As immigration reform begins, more families grow concerned.

Some bipartisan plans are also floating around, including a joint effort from Sens.

He credited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for tackling the bill with a bipartisan approach.

The U.S. Senate begins debate this week on a topic Congress has left unaddressed for decades: immigration reform. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) delivered an unprecedented eight-hour floor speech and threatened to fight the recent budget deal if she did not get assurances that the House would follow the Senate's procedural lead. "Rather, this is the time for a narrow bill".

The Senate Majority Leader says he'll devote at least two weeks on the floor to the immigration debate.

Same thing on the other side.

Still, Trump also urged swift action in a Tuesday morning tweet. Given what Kelly said this week, the president's liberal accusers are running out of ways to portray him as the villain in this situation.

"We're asking Congress to support our immigration policy that keeps terrorists, drug dealers, criminals and gang members out of our country".

The March 5 deadline, which Trump created previous year when he set the deadline and said Congress needed to pass legislation before then to restore protection for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, was also in question Tuesday, as New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman won a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York blocking Trump's order to end DACA on that date.

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