US Senate Republican leader embraces Trump immigration plan

US Second judge blocks Trump from ending DACA

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One wonders what the president has to do - get down on his knees and beg congressional Democrats to agree to a law protecting the dreamers?

Unlike the Senate - where the GOP has a 51-49 majority but legislation needs 60 votes to pass - Republicans in the House have a large enough majority that they don't need a single Democrat's support.

The Senate's two top leaders put on a show of comradery Monday as their chamber launched its immigration debate, but also laid down markers underscoring how hard it will be to reach a deal that can move through Congress.

For the DACA issue, however, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will allow various plans from different members to come to the floor for a vote.

The Texas Republican has frequently said he does not believe so-called Dreamers - immigrants brought into the country illegally as children - should be given a path to citizenship.

The program's March 5 expiration date is not set in concrete, however - a San Francisco judge's injunction has at least temporarily blocked removal of DACA protections ordered by Trump late previous year.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who previously oversaw immigration enforcement as Trump's first Homeland Security secretary, told reporters Tuesday that the 1.1 million who didn't apply did so because they were too afraid or "too lazy to get off their asses".

But it will also end the popular "Green Card lottery", a 28-year-old program to diversify immigrant arrivals, and sharply limit family-based immigration.

Trump kicked the immigration fight to Congress a year ago when the administration announced it was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows certain immigrants brought into the country illegally as children to work and go to school without fear of deportation.

"What we would like to have is a vote on a clean dream act without any additions", says Richard Morales, PICO National Network, who also opposes the increased border security. "So, I'm expecting to have a very spirited debate and then votes - whoever gets to 60 votes wins".

The Senate has now begun the official debate on immigration.

"This is the moment for a narrow bill, and every ounce of energy is going into finding one that can pass", Schumer said.

But Schumer still said the immigration debate would be a test for lawmakers. Trump wants to aim USA immigrant visas at high-skilled workers and allow in fewer relatives of legal immigrants.

The legislation is the Senate version of the Uniting and Securing America Act, which has 54 co-sponsors in the House, evenly split between Democrats and Republicans.

A bipartisan proposal from Sens. The two pieces of his proposal making headlines are his offer of a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S.as children, including DACA enrollees, and $25 billion for improved border security.

"The leader wants to wrap it up", summarized Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune. The House approved the legislation and President Donald Trump signed the bill Friday after the government was shut down for 5-1/2 hours.

"It will be an opportunity for a thousand flowers to bloom", Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said about the process. Jeff Flake said when asked if he was concerned about the lack of an offer. But Ryan has jammed the Senate multiple times (on taxes, the budget and most significantly on health-care reform) by passing something through the House that was popular among Republicans but didn't have the votes in the Senate.

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