Friday, February 16, 2018

Senate Blocks Trump-Backed Immigration Plan and Everything Else on the Table

Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP
The Senate on Thursday killed four immigration bills, including a Republican measure backed by President Trump and a competing bipartisan proposal, both of which would have offered legal protections to more than 1 million undocumented immigrants who came to the USA as children.
The Senate’s failure to reach agreement on the volatile issue of immigration puts those immigrants, known as DREAMers, at risk of deportation starting March 5, when the White House plans to rescind legal protections granted under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The House is also deeply divided on the issue of immigration, and GOP leaders in that chamber have not scheduled a vote on any legislation. The White House said it cannot extend the program that granted the DREAMers temporary legal status and work permits, leaving no clear path for a resolution to their status. Federal judges ordered the administration to renew protections for people in the program, a dispute that will be resolved by the Supreme Court.
In the Senate, several lawmakers said they would try to regroup and come up with a better compromise that could win the 60 votes needed to advance.
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Senate Votes Down Multiple Immigration Measures, Leaving DACA, Border Funding Unresolved

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