Thursday, February 15, 2018

Trump Backs Grassley Plan on Immigration

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore
It provides a solution for DACA; ends chain migration; cancels the visa lottery; and builds the wall. Can it pass?
President Trump on Wednesday threw his weight behind Sen. Chuck Grassley’s immigration plan, urging the Senate to pass the “responsible and commonsense” proposal based on the White House’s immigration priorities and threatening to veto proposals that contain further Democratic concessions.
“The Grassley bill accomplishes the four pillars of the White House framework: a lasting solution on DACA, ending chain migration, cancelling the visa lottery, and securing the border through building the wall and closing legal loopholes,” Trump said in a statement. “The overwhelming majority of American voters support a plan that fulfills the framework’s four pillars, which move us towards the safe, modern, and lawful immigration system our people deserve.”
The president also threatened to veto any bill that fails to satisfy those criteria, saying he would oppose “any short-term “Band-Aid” approach. On Tuesday, some moderate lawmakers were weighing a deal that would build a border wall and provide a pathway to citizenship for former DACA recipients, but not end extended family sponsorships or the visa lottery.
Trump’s remarks come during a raucous open immigration debate in the Senate, where lawmakers are working furiously to find an immigration compromise that can meet the chamber’s 60-vote threshold by the end of the week.
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