Sunday, 15 July, 2018

McCain rejoins immigration debate with broad amnesty bill

Trump flanked by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, listens during a bipartisan meeting with legislators Trump flanked by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, listens during a bipartisan meeting with legislators
Melinda Barton | 06 February, 2018, 16:29

"Any deal on DACA that does not include STRONG border security and the desperately needed WALL is a total waste of time", Trump tweeted Monday. Chris Coons (D-DE), would give amnesty to illegal aliens who claim they have been in the USA since 2013, while not handing over the $25 billion required to begin constructing a wall on the southern border.

The legislation is a companion to a bill introduced in the House by Reps.

Legislation to help young "Dreamer" immigrants struggled to gain footing in the U.S. Congress on Monday, as lawmakers prepared to hold a Tuesday vote on a short-term government funding measure to avoid a rerun of January's three-day partial shutdown. "While reaching a deal can not come soon enough for America's service members, the current political reality demands bipartisan cooperation to address the impending expiration of the DACA program and secure the southern border".

Coons said he and McCain hope their immigration proposal could offer a "strong starting place" for the Senate's upcoming debate.

Additionally, McCain's plan does not meet Trump's requirements that any plan giving amnesty to illegal aliens enrolled and eligible for the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program reduce legal immigration levels to give relief to America's working and middle class.

"March 5 is rapidly approaching and the Democrats seem not to care about DACA".

The legislation is competing with proposals aimed at restricting legal immigration, including deep cuts to family-based immigrant visas and an end to the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, both of which Trump says are necessary in a DACA replacement bill.

There isn't a "left" or "right" when it comes to protecting Dreamers.

Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), a lead Democratic negotiator on immigration policy, said that "there is not likely to be a DACA deal" this week.

"There will be things in a final package, some I like, some I don't like", he said. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) and has won more than 50 co-sponsors, including 27 Republicans, The Hill reported. The Homeland Security Department would be required to send Congress a new border security strategy within a year, including the cost per mile for any physical or technological barriers to achieve border control.

"Everyone in America sees this and for some reason these bipartisan bills keep coming forward that don't address the problem".

Sponsoring this immigration measure is a stark departure from McCain's aggressive stance on border security. "The president wants to protect the American people with a wall and any bill that doesn't have the wall component funded is a nonstarter". During his 2010 reelection campaign, he vowed to "complete the danged fence" across Arizona's span with Mexico.

The last major legislative push failed in 2013-14 when House Republicans refused to consider a broad, bipartisan measure passed by the Senate. The bill has been fodder for conversations between Trump administration officials and senior congressional leaders trying to set the contours of a potential immigration debate.