Cruz only senator to vote against moving to immigration debate

Editorial: Once again, immigration gets punted while Dreamers wait in limbo

White House floats an offer to keep legal immigration at one million per year instead of cutting it

The issue at hand is the fate of Dreamers, the several million individuals who were brought to the USA illegally as children.

Her record-setting speech - predictably lauded by the liberal media - was followed by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), who reminded his colleagues that Trump had offered an amnesty deal to Democrats during his State of the Union address. Trump also said he wants lawmakers to oppose any short-term "Band-Aid" approach.

"The ultimate is whether the President will sign it or not", said Grassley. The program was created in 2012 by then-President Barack Obama to provide legal protections to immigrants who are in the country illegally after being brought here as children.

Grassley called the expansion "pretty generous". "If they come to me with things I'm not in love with, I'm going to do it".

Grassley's bill mirrors priorities Trump has put forward.

The Trump framework includes legalization and eventual citizenship for about 1.8 million Dreamers, including 690,000 in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program; construction of a border wall; curbing family reunification migration; and ending the visa lottery. "If you try to do the breaking chain migration now you lose a lot of Democrats", said Graham.

The White House proposal offered a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million eligible immigrants, more than the 800,000 of whom registered for DACA in the five years of the program.

Mr Porter left his job in the West Wing last week, but questions have persisted about how long senior White House officials knew about the allegations and why Mr Porter was given access to sensitive information without permanent security clearance.

But Schumer still said the immigration debate would be a test for lawmakers. "I don't feel that way". McConnell indicated on Tuesday that the debate would be concluded at the end of the week.

This week's Senate votes mark the first serious immigration debate in the chamber since 2013, when senators overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan measure providing legal status to 11 million undocumented immigrants along with a $46 billion border plan.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tried to reassure an audience of mostly students that the Senate would be able to navigate a divided political climate to find solutions.

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"Instead of making a proposal in good faith or working with Democrats on a compromise, President Trump is trying to force his unpopular, hardline immigration agenda down the throats of the American people by calling it a DACA bill", said Schumer. David Perdue (R-GA), who argued there must be more than a resolution for just Dreamers.

The letter says the proposed border wall and an increased number of Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees is a "wasteful and unpopular policy that will only harm border communities...asylum seekers, unaccompanied children and immigrant communities across the country".

Ryan has also said he won't bring up legislation that doesn't have the support of the president, to avoid risking a veto.

Trump also revealed his plans for improving the nation's infrastructure Monday, and Thune said that will be another issue needing 60 votes, so it will be challenging to figure out how to attract Democrats.

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