Senate Kicks off Immigration Debate

Senate Kicks off Immigration Debate

Senate Kicks off Immigration Debate

No one has any idea how it will turn out. "Now it is up to Republicans and Democrats in both chambers".

Any amendment will need 60 votes to get attached to the unrelated House bill.

At 5:30 p.m. ET Monday, senators will vote on whether to open debate on the bill, a vote that is largely expected to succeed.

"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. He has set aside a week for debate, but is unclear whether that will be enough time. Rather, Schumer wants the Senate to vote on two separate bills - one based on Trump's outline of immigration principles issued last month, and the other on the text of the compromise deal between Sens.

But Schumer still said the immigration debate would be a test for lawmakers.

Meanwhile, a group of conservative senators introduced legislation that closely follows the proposals Trump made in January, and it got an endorsement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"Yesterday, the majority leader said that the objective of this week is not to make a point, but to make law", Schumer said Tuesday.

Curtright warns many people will try and come up with scams to get money from immigrants and this is a time to stay informed on what's going on - and even consider finding an attorney if you're concerned about your status.

Schumer said the new budget increases the deficit by about $300 billion.

A federal judge in NY has ruled that the Trump administration can not end the Obama-era program created to protect from deportation young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

If congress doesn't come up with a solution, hundreds of thousands of immigrants will stand to lose legal protections by March 5th. Trump wants to aim US immigrant visas at high-skilled workers and allow in fewer relatives of legal immigrants. Republican Senator Tom Cotton, interviewed on Fox News, said Trump's immigration plan "is not an opening bid for negotiations".

"Bargaining with Dreamers' lives, attempting to trade their ability to work and live freely in the country they call home, and further emboldening ICE to terrorize their communities and break up families is an unacceptable and immoral compromise", she said.

Last month, U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco ruled that DACA must remain in place while litigation surrounding the program is ongoing.

He credited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for tackling the bill with a bipartisan approach. McSally's version would not only authorize Trump's proposed wall along the southern border - an ineffective, multibillion-dollar monument to xenophobia - it would curtail legal immigration and immediately deport unaccompanied Central American minors seeking asylum.

McConnell urged Democrats to back a Republican bill based on President Donald Trump's demands: extend protection and eventual citizenship to 1.8 million eligible immigrants, build a wall, curb family reunification and end the visa lottery.

Now, the beacon of hope tonight is that there are small bipartisan groups meeting all across the Senate, and, in fact, they're kind of in such a tough position, they don't really want reporters saying who's meeting with who.

The March 5 deadline, which Trump created a year ago when he set the deadline and said Congress needed to pass legislation before then to restore protection for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, was also in question Tuesday, as New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman won a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York blocking Trump's order to end DACA on that date.

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