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Sen. Cotton: Trump Immigration Bill 'A Last and Final Offer'

Sen. Cotton: Trump Immigration Bill 'A Last and Final Offer'

Congress is advancing on a plan to address both border security and the unauthorized immigrants benefitting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as part of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's commitment several weeks ago that ended the federal government shutdown.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of IL says Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim's story is the story of immigration in America. "Next week could be historic". "We simply have to correct the loopholes in current law that allow risky criminals to enter and remain at large in our country".

Allowing three days to debate the lives of millions of immigrants is absurd for a few reasons. And it seems a bit crass to throw the lives of so many immigrants into limbo. They only want to use it as a campaign issue.

An immigrant who was brought to the USA 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". A San Francisco judge's injunction has at least temporarily blocked removal of DACA protections ordered by Trump late past year.

Yanez said that he is hopeful that Trump and Republicans in Congress will finally act on immigration reform.

But the president ripped Democratic lawmakers Saturday in a tweet, saying, "Republicans want to fix DACA far more than the Democrats do".

"We need the [border] wall". "Whoever gets to 60 [votes] wins", McConnell said. "We've identified three priorities for creating a safe, modern and lawful immigration system: securing the border, ending chain migration, and canceling the bad visa lottery".

I want to thank Chairman Grassley for introducing legislation based on the White House Immigration Reform and Border Security Framework. Hanging in the balance is the fate of Dreamers, a nickname for the about 700,000 unauthorized immigrants who came to the USA as children and are temporarily protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.




Shortly after McConnell spoke, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer showed little enthusiasm for the plan.

Senators introducing the measure include Arkansas' Tom Cotton, John Cornyn of Texas and Iowa's Chuck Grassley.

"President Trump has done something that President Obama never did". "That's an incredibly generous offer".

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

"While I obviously cannot guarantee any outcome, let alone supermajority support, I can ensure the process is fair to all sides, and that is what I intend to do", McConnell said last week. Angus King, I-Maine, said last week following a working group meeting.

"I hope they see that this is something much larger than themselves but you know it's hard to keep optimistic with what's going on".

The proposal has no chance of winning approval by the chamber.


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