Senators strike deal on DACA and immigration, but its fate remains unclear

U.S. President Trump speaks about mass shooting at Florida high school during national address from the White House in Washington

The White House said Thursday it would advise President Donald Trump to veto a bipartisan immigration plan, heaping pressure on the US Senate as it seeks a deal that protects young immigrants from deportation.

The Trump administration is denouncing a bipartisan immigration deal in the Senate, saying it will "create a mass amnesty for over 10 million illegal aliens, including criminals". That plan would also provide the $25 billion Trump wants for a border wall.

DHS called the bipartisan proposal an "egregious violation" of what the President has wanted. He also wants to end the heavy use of family-based visa programs. The issue of ending the program is what sparked Trump's expletive-ridden tirade in a January Oval Office meeting with lawmakers.

Let's start with an elementary reality check: Any immigration bill pertaining to the looming DACA deadline can only become law if it accomplishes three things: (1) Attract 60 Senate votes, (2) attract a simple majority of votes in the House, and (3) avoid a presidential veto.

In a hardball tactic, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided a vote on the GOP plan would come last.

"It's a step in the right direction", Rounds said.

Democrats argued that sweeping alterations of America's immigration system be considered separately from legislation addressing the plight of beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, sometimes called Dreamers. It would require the Department of Homeland Security to provide detailed plans on how to use that money and prove that it was securing the border.

The bipartisan compromise was announced Wednesday by 16 senators with centrist views on immigration and was winning support from many Democrats, but it faced an uncertain fate.

Trump cited the DHS statement in a tweet Thursday referring to the bill as a "total catastrophe".

That drew fire from Senator Lindsey Graham, one of eight GOP co-sponsors of the bipartisan plan.

"There are some insane people around here. You need to understand that there's nobody better to do this than you, but to the administration if you continue this attack on everything and everybody and make it a political exercise, we're doomed to fair, and it is President Trump's presidency that will be the biggest loser".

The official also accused Democrats of pandering to a far left base, and selling out American workers by supporting cheap foreign labor. Chuck Grassley of Iowa that would legalize the 1.8 million undocumented immigrants, allot $25 billion for border security upgrades including a wall and fencing along the US-Mexico border, and significantly reduce legal immigration levels by eliminating the diversity lottery and limiting family immigration. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) would make steep cuts in legal immigration in exchange for protection for DACA recipients.

On Thursday morning, McConnell dismissed the plan.

"Mr. President, you're being led down a path where we won't get a result", the South Carolina Republican said during a press conference. "That is, pass the Senate, pass the House and earn the president's signature".

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, Cornyn's counterpart, told reporters he hoped a combination of the Senate's 49 Democrats and independents, coupled with 11 Republicans, could get behind a bill, propelling it to passage.

Defending the new bipartisan plan, Schumer admitted, "there's a lot I don't like in it, believe me". But we have to do our jobs today. If Trump really wanted Congress to resolve the Dreamers' status, he would have accepted a favorable compromise.

President Trump ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in September that gave legal protections to almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the children.

The program is set to expire on March 5 but a federal injunction likely extends the program beyond that date. Federal courts have blocked him temporarily from dismantling the Obama-era initiative, but without congressional action the immigrants will face growing risks of deportation as their protections expire. Dreamers are young immigrants who were brought to the USA illegally as children who still lack permanent protections from deportation. The legislation would also send some $25 billion toward bolstering USA border security.

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