Trump Asks Congress To Consider Merit Based Immigration

Archbishop Jose Gomez. Credit Daniel Ibanez

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., a close ally of President Trump, told reporters he does not expect the White House to budge and support anything less.

The plan from the self-anointed "Common Sense Coalition" would make immigration policy "worse by weakening border security", Sanders said. That plan would also provide the $25 billion Trump wants for a border wall.

"This is one of the hardest issues Congress has had to grapple with in recent years", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement Wednesday evening. Chuck Grassley of Iowa that includes stricter requirements for citizenship, further limits on family sponsorship and turning the visa lottery into a merit-based system.

By forcing the deadline on Congress with his September order, Trump drove a sharp wedge between Democrats and Republicans on an emotionally charged issue.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture on four amendments regarding immigration Wednesday., an advocacy group affiliated with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, endorsed the Rounds-King plan.

Supporters of the measure sharply disputed the White House's arguments and said the bill met Trump's demands in a fair and balanced way.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions also derided the legislation, saying it "will invite a mad rush of illegality across our borders", and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen made calls to lawmakers urging them to reject the bill. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen.

Several of the bills dealt with the border wall proposed by Mr. Trump.

Senator Lindsey Graham, R - S.C., who supported all four measures, says he is disappointed with the outcome.

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"There are some insane people around here". When they don't, Democrats who just assumed that the courts would protect them from their own political folly will be left very vulnerable to the activists they got fired up over this issue over the past year. "But if you want a law, you got to get something the president will sign". The Amendment would undermine the safety and security of American families and impede economic growth for American workers. It was produced by a group led by Republican Sen.

In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security condemned the Collins-Schumer plan as "an egregious violation of the four compromise pillars laid out by the President's immigration reform framework".

On Thursday morning, McConnell dismissed the plan.

While the bill calls for improving border security, it does not authorize spending the $25 billion that President Trump is seeking to fortify the U.S. "That is, pass the Senate, pass the House and earn the president's signature".

"This is the only bill that has a chance to get through the United States Senate", said Sen. "I think this is it for awhile for the Senate". "We want to give him an opportunity to make that a success", he said. But we have to do our jobs today.

Trump suspended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program past year, giving Congress until March 5 to come up with a plan.

The DACA program's protections will start expiring on March 5, but federal judges have blocked the administration's plans to end DACA while litigation over the matter continues. However, courts in California and NY have issued temporary injunctions forcing the administration to restart the program, which could render Trump's deadline moot. "The McCain-Coons proposal grants citizenship to hundreds of thousands of additional illegal aliens that are not 'DACA; recipients, including thousands who resided in the United States under Temporary Protected Status (TPS)", said the department, adding, "Under the bill, criminal grounds of ineligibility are subject to extremely broad waivers, such that even felonies can be waived".

Mr. Kennedy wanted votes on his bills that included outlawing illegal immigrant remittances to their home countries, putting a citizenship question on the USA census and making visa overstays the criminal equivalent of border jumping.

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