GOP Senators will introduce enforcement-heavy immigration bill

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It does not include any of the border-wall legal reforms which officials say are needed to block migrants from using loopholes to get through the wall.

McConnell asked for unanimous consent to hold a 2:15 p.m. vote on one of the few amendments which have been introduced: Sen.

Political observers had expected Trump to offer a deal on DACA recipients, who number about 700,000, but the White House plan announced in late January offered a "path to citizenship" for 1.8 million so-called Dreamers, who include those not covered by the Obama-era DACA rule.

"The Democratic leadership, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, really have no clear message", Yanez said. Many Democrats are reluctant to help fund the wall, which is aimed at keeping illegal immigrants out but is seen by many lawmakers as too expensive and too inefficient. In exchange for the amnesty, Trump and GOP lawmakers insist upon ending the visa lottery and extended-family chain migration, along with receiving $25 billion for border wall funding and other security measures. Trump has been vocal about moving the United States toward a merit-based immigration system.

The Senate will debate several immigration reform proposals this week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell explained why he supports a "four pillars' approach, addressing problems of both illegal and legal immigration". But getting 60 votes is not easy in the chamber, in which the Republicans have a narrow majority of 51-49. He says "they only come here with a determination to make a better life for themselves and a better country for all of us".

Though it puts to end the hand-wringing over whether McConnell would honor his promise, the "what's next" ahead of the March 5 deadline imposed by President Donald Trump is anybody's guess, Politico reports.

The President's proposal would also place significant new limits to legal immigration, by restricting the issuance of family-reunification visas and eliminating the visa lottery.

The President's statement serves as a fresh layer of difficulty for a Senate already struggling to find the bipartisan 60 votes required to advance legislation on any compromise position.

Like the proposal Trump unveiled last month, the measure would offer a chance for citizenship for up to 1.8 million people who arrived illegally in the U.S.as children. It is slated to expire in the first week of March. "They immediately start blocking votes, because they're scared to vote on things like the President's framework bill or an amendment to ban sanctuary cities, and so on and so forth". John McCain, R-Ariz., has been absent in recent weeks battling cancer.

They proposed $25 billion to build a border wall, an end to the catch-and-release policies that free illegal immigrants into the interior of the USA, new faster deportations for visitors who overstay their permits, and permanently authorizing the E-Verify system that some businesses use to check their workers' legal status.

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