Senate GOP, Dem leaders say it's time for immigration deal

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Democrats say they are open to a smaller deal, legal status for DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers and beefing up US borders. This will be our last chance, there will never be another opportunity! "Bipartisan, make deal Dems?"

A group of GOP senators introduced the president's proposed framework as an amendment on Monday.

Yanez, whose mother brought him to the US from Mexico at the age of one, grew up in Houston, where his family suffered to make ends meet; he even became homeless for a time. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; John Cornyn, R-Texas; and others.

Cotton's bill could meet stiff resistance.

Negotiations got underway in the US Senate on Monday on an uncertain but ambitious immigration deal that is expected to determine the fate of an estimated 1.5 million Indians on H-1B visas waiting for their Green Cards in a backlog-laden queue.

No Democrats are believed to back the plan in full - and Sen. It eliminates the visa lottery system and places extended limits on chain migration.

Trump repeatedly said during the 2016 campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall, but instead he is seeking billions in USA taxpayer dollars to build it. In remarks to reporters after a weekly lunch of Republican senators on Tuesday, McConnell accused the Democrats of lethal stubbornness. Democrats generally despise Trump's generous compromise offer, and as Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) - are against the proposal. Democrats signaled the Republican immigration plan is a non-starter.

In addition, it will allocate $25 billion for tougher immigration enforcement including the construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border that Trump promised during his 2016 election campaign. Another debate is over comprehensive immigration reforms.

Votes are also possible on a compromise by a small bipartisan group led by Sens. Making progress on top immigration reform security priorities like the border wall while providing for the permanent certainty that Dreamers deserve is something President Obama couldn't achieve when the Democrats controlled Washington. Like the Senate, the House should show the president what an authentic majority bill looks like and dare him to veto it. 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.

Monday's vote was 97-1. Only Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., voted against launching the debate.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, set a House record on Tuesday for an eight-hour marathon speech in which she demanded the House vote on an immigration bill for amnesty for "Dreamers". "The Senate is going to work its will, and I hope that we will end up passing something".

Durbin told reporters he thought early Senate votes on immigration proposals from both sides could fail to win the 60 votes needed to clear procedural hurdles. "There's no reason why we should not reach a bipartisan solution this week".

It was in 2013 that the Senate debated immigration the last time.

Bennet said the most important thing to remember during the debate was the need to protect Dreamers, "who are about to lose their status because of President Trump's decision to rescind the DACA program".

While the discussion at the McConnell Center was filled primarily with pleasantries - Schumer called the Kentucky Republican his "friend" numerous times - the minority leader also acknowledged that the Senate faces a complicated week, including the immigration issue.