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Trump Backs Grassley Plan on Immigration

Trump Backs Grassley Plan on Immigration

U.S. President Trump on Wednesday threw his support behind Sen. Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

That framework set out four pillars that the White House wants to see addressed in any legislation: legal status for DACA recipients, more spending on border security, ending the visa program that lets immigrants in the US bring their family members over, and eliminating the diversity visa lottery.

But Trump and conservative Republicans have insisted that any immigration bill also include funding for a wall along the US border with Mexico, as well as ending "chain family migration" and the diversity visa lottery program.

On Monday, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee announced a bill that would provide a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million DREAMers, in exchange for $25 billion for a border wall and at least a 25% cut in legal immigration.

It appears a longshot that the House and Senate will both pass immigration overhaul bills that address the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program and reconcile differences ahead of a March 5 deadline for its termination.

McConnell indicated it is the only legislation that can get through the Senate and House and win the president's signature.

"There's a lot of very hard compromises in that bill", Coons said, adding that he'll back it. "If they come to me with things I'm not in love with, I'm going to do it". He also wants to curb legal immigration, restricting the relatives that legal immigrants could sponsor for citizenship and ending a lottery that distributes visas to people from diverse places like Africa. Susan Collins, R-Maine, when the floor debate formally opened.

President Donald Trump has consistently framed immigration reform as a security matter, first and foremost. David Perdue (R-GA). But can this plan muster a majority on the Senate floor?

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But on a call with reporters Wednesday, White House officials declined to explicitly answer a question about whether Trump would veto a proposal that doesn't match what the administration has demanded, but it's unlikely a bill the President opposes would pass both houses of Congress.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and Sen.

"President Trump has actually said to me a whole bunch of times 'I'd like to do comprehensive immigration reform, '" Schumer said in Louisville.

They warned Democrats to "care more about Dreamers than donors", charging the party with supporting immigration proposals that would keep businesses able to rely on cheap immigrant labor rather than paying American workers more.

President Donald Trump was up early Tuesday morning to tout his proposals on immigration and infrastructure as they face uncertain prospects in Congress.

"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.

The potential breakthrough, reached late today after hours of closed-door deliberations, came as efforts to resolve the fate of 1.8 million immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children entered a crucial period in a week set aside for debate on immigration.

In the House, Speaker Paul Ryan is taking fire from some in his rank-and-file who want a broader bill that can better enable a crackdown on border crossings and employers who hire undocumented immigrants.


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