Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Senate to start DREAMer debate and anything could happen

Senate to start DREAMer debate and anything could happen

"The only enemy to this process is overreach", Schumer said. "We couldn't agree more". Democrats argued that the amendment was not germane because it did not pertain to DACA.

McConnell led off the immigration debate with a proposal on "sanctuary cities" ― jurisdictions that don't fully cooperate with deportation efforts.

Introducing Schumer, McConnell cited Schumer's memoir, which said his mother and father didn't want him to run for office.

And House Republican leaders don't have a definitive plan for how to proceed if the Senate passes an immigration bill, a senior House GOP aide told TWS on Monday, but their course of action will depend largely on Trump's response to the Senate's final product. Both sides will be able to offer amendments that will compete for 60 votes - the threshold to advance legislation in the Senate. But that didn't happen. Trying to illegitimately attach DACA measures to budget discussions does nothing more than create a false divide between Americans, legal immigrant Americans and illegal immigrants.

On "Fox & Friends" Monday morning, a so-called "Dreamer" explained why he supports President Donald Trump's immigration policies. He is trying to meet DACA recipients half way, giving them a way to stay in the U.S., but wants it done by changing the laws, not just going around them.

Thus far, Democrats have chosen the latter.

President Donald Trump past year announced his administration was ending the Obama-era program known as DACA that gave protections from deportation to this group of immigrants.

Senators voted 97-1 on ending debate over whether or not to take up the House-passed bill being used as a vehicle for the Senate's debate.

Schumer explained: "I don't think either of them will get large bipartisan support but it will give us an idea of the parameters and can set us moving".

If the aim is to pass a legislative solution, Trump will be a crucial and, at times, complicating player.

"Whoever gets to 60 wins", McConnell told reporters at a news conference last week.

The immigration debate is officially underway with a lot to negotiate.

Other versions of the bill would extend protections for the young immigrants, known as Dreamers, and provide funds to increase border security, but they do not include money for building a wall.

The Secure and Succeed Act, being championed by a group of Republican Senators, is closely aligned to Mr. Trump's views. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., would enshrine protections for the young immigrants and boost border security funding.

He credited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for tackling the bill with a bipartisan approach.

Some Republican lawmakers have expressed scepticism that the kind of broad fundamental changes in immigration law sought by Mr Trump can pass the Senate in the coming days, as Republican leaders plan.

Last month, Senate Democrats, bitter over what they described as Republican recalcitrance on immigration, declined to vote on an urgent spending package as an act of protest, resulting in a three-day government shutdown. Democrats would still have the option of filibustering against the full-year appropriations bill when the current temporary measure expires in March, but given that they would have demonstrated they don't have the votes to pass anything, Democrats would find it extremely hard to sustain a filibuster to close the government. "Rather, this is the moment for a narrow bill", the New York Democrat said.

"In this country we've come together to do what needed to be done", Senator Mitch McConnell said.

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