Senior White House officials on Wednesday warned lawmakers against turning to a possible fallback measure that would temporarily make legal a program that protects almost 700,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation.
Tuesday morning, the president tweeted: "Republicans want to make a deal and Democrats say they want to make a deal. But you also have to get past the House and it has to be something the president eventually will sign into law".
"You're down to what most Americans would cheer: strong border security and fair treatment of 1.8 million DACA population", said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, referring to the young immigrants. That could pay for additional border patrol officers, fencing and electronic surveillance, among other options that have been widely discussed among lawmakers.More news: Danica Patrick: Aaron Rodgers to be at Daytona 500
Both parties have various immigration proposals that require the support of at least 60 senators to pass legislation, which will receive alternating votes between Democratic and Republican amendments, Politico reported. He also seeks increased funding for border security, limits on family sponsorship for immigration to the USA and an end to the diversity visa "lottery" system.
In a statement, the president urged all senators to support his measure and "oppose any legislation that fails to fulfill these four pillars - that includes opposing any short-term "Band-Aid" approach". Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Red Oak is a co-sponsor of the bill.
"He can veto it or he can sign it". "It's got to be a more narrow field, and then we can all talk about comprehensive immigration".
Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Mike Rounds, R-S.D., said the moderates' proposal would grant a 10- to 12-year route to citizenship for Dreamers, with Graham saying it would cover 1.8 million of them.More news: Jeff Sessions: "Marijuana Is Illegal In The United States - Even In Colorado"
The debate happening this week in the Senate comes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., promised senators he would bring an immigration measure to the floor for debate if Congress was able to pass continuing resolutions in January and February to continue funding the government. He called the Grassley bill "extreme".
Many Republicans argue that the order by president trump to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, on March % has lost its force after a federal court blocked the order, with the supreme court taking charge of the case. In 2017, her state had just 95 DACA illegals of the population of 700,0000 DACA illegals nationwide. DACA beneficiaries will be at risk of deportation beginning March 5 unless Congress acts. Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
The bill's chances are unclear in the Senate, as most Democrats have said the cuts to legal immigration are far too drastic and some conservatives have issues with the path to citizenship being available for such a large group.
"[Gardner's] goal is to find a solution for Dreamers so he is willing to look at other proposals to get to that goal", Contres said.More news: Why Peter Thiel Is Leaving Silicon Valley for LA