Trump Pushes Immigration Plan As Senate Mulls Narrower Path

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President Trump on Wednesday threw his weight behind Sen.

"This is going to be done or not done this week", No 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas told reporters.

That framework set out four pillars that the White House wants to see addressed in any legislation: legal status for DACA recipients, more spending on border security, ending the visa program that lets immigrants in the US bring their family members over, and eliminating the diversity visa lottery.

The president was referring to the four pillars contained in the White House's immigration framework: a "lasting solution" for young immigrants living illegally in the U.S., building a border wall, scrapping the diversity visa lottery and reforming family-based immigration.

The proposal is expected to be one of several amendments the Senate will consider this week as it debates immigration.

Trump rescinded the Obama-era program past year and set an arbitrary deadline of March 5 that has spurred one of the issues at the divisive core of the Republican's presidency to the forefront of Washington's agenda.

Any amendment will need 60 votes to get attached to the unrelated House bill. Members emerged from Collins' office and said they had the contours of an agreement that would be "two pillars".

The president wants to end the diversity visa lottery and limit family-based immigration to spouses and minor children.

"This is the debate they said they wanted", Mr. McConnell, sounding irked, told reporters Tuesday.

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WITH United States immigration reform efforts hanging by a thread, a bipartisan group of senators unveiled a compromise plan yesterday to protect so-called "Dreamers" and boost border security, defying President Donald Trump's demand to embrace his more hardline plan. David Perdue (R-GA). But can this plan muster a majority on the Senate floor?

Democrats and some GOP fiscal conservative also took issue with Trump's $4.4 trillion 2019 budget proposal that hikes military spending by $195 billion over the next two years, but also cuts many entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid and adds $7.2 trillion to the deficit in 10 years.

Tuesday morning, the president tweeted: "Republicans want to make a deal and Democrats say they want to make a deal".

In an interview late Wednesday, a senior administration official denounced the bipartisan bill, calling it a "giant amnesty" that did nothing to secure the border, and vowed the White House would strongly lobby against it Thursday. "Something passed the Senate in 2013, we've spent three months talking to the Democrats about this, there's no reason in the world why, if there is a core 60 votes to support something, we can't achieve it in the next few days".

While debate on the Senate floor just began, there's really no clear indication of how this will end. Thom Tillis (R-NC), who has worked with fellow Republicans to forge a plan based along the lines of what President Trump has said that he would support.

"Our nightmare scenario is that we get into a long-term conversation about immigration", said Angel Padilla, policy director for Indivisible, a grass-roots organization, according to the Washington Post.

Asked if he thinks there is too much legal immigration now in the country, the senator said, "I know there are some people (who) think we have too much legal immigration".

The proposal, rolled out Monday, did not attract Democratic support.