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White House sound’s out a deal keeping Immigration at current numbers…

There IS gonna be movement on Immigration from the Congress in the near future…

The issue is holding up the lawmakers in Congress from a vote to approve a 2018 budget…

The Senate has several plans on the table…

Democrats are holding out for certain things to  be done to afford the Dreamers protections given since the Bush Admin are kept in tack and that legal immigration not grind to a halt from countries where people of color come from….

The House under Republicans Speaker Paul Ryan won’t move an inch unless Donald Trump provide’s a cover for those in the Republican party that will vote WITH Democrat’s for a deal, which anti-immigration Republicans will not support…

With all of this swirling around and Senate GOP Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell getting ready to open debate in the Senate?

Trump’s White House is out with-a compromise that seems to be  from others than Trump aide Stephen Miller and Chief of Staff John Kelly , who have been strongly against almost any illegal and legal influx of immigrants to America…

I’m sure Republicans want to get this done and put in legislative cement before a coming Democratic ‘wave’ displaces their majority in the House….

Oh, and by the way?

Yes….The American taxpayers (you and me) ARE gonna end up giving Trump some of our tax money to build something of a ‘wall’…..THAT is the lawmakers hedge to get Trump to sign off on any immigration deal………

As the Senate prepares to begin a free-wheeling debate over immigration next week, White House officials have begun floating a possible compromise idea — a pledge to maintain legal immigration at current levels, about 1.1 million people a year, for more than a decade.

President Trump has proposed a series of measures, including restrictions on family unification, which he calls “chain migration,” and an end to the visa lottery, that critics say ultimately could cut legal immigration to America by 40% or more.

But a White House official said Saturday that the Trump administration is working with allies in the Senate on a proposal that would create a path to citizenship for an estimated 1.8 million people who were brought to the country illegally as children, and that would clear the backlog of nearly 4 million sponsored relatives who currently are waiting for green cards.

The combined effort, officials said, would effectively make up for the cuts in other immigration categories for about 13 years, the official said. After that, if Congress takes no additional action to add or expand visa categories, the total number of people allowed to resettle in the U.S. each year likely would decline by hundreds of thousands….


Defense Sec Mattis: Immigrant service members won’t face deportation…

A judge’s order also prevents the Trump Admin from taking deportation action against ANY DACA/Dreamer….

The nearly 850 immigrants currently serving in the military or waiting to start basic training won’t face deportation despite the ongoing federal wrangling over the fate of people who came to America illegally as children, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday.

Mattis said he spoke with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen earlier Thursday in what he described as a “confirming call” and was told that those military members and all veterans who were honorably discharged will be safe unless they have committed a serious felony or a judge had issued a specific deportation order for them….


If the House goes along with Budget vote?…The heavy lift will be Immigration…

At some point soon?

The DACA/Dreamers and other illegal and Legal Immigration Law and enforcement thing HAS to find some middle ground in Congress….

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The history of Immigration reform has always been a problem for Congress….Any final bill approval by THIS Congress will need House Republicans to be split and have some vote WITH Democrats for passage…

Here’s the current dancin….

White House chief of staff John Kelly to reporters on Tuesday on why more than a million potential DACA recipients didn’t sign up:

“The difference between [690,000] and 1.8 million were the people that some would say were too afraid to sign up, others would say were too lazy to get off their asses, but they didn’t sign up.”

A source familiar told me it has been Gen. Kelly in at least one meeting who said they were too lazy, and a Democratic senator who countered that they were too afraid to sign up. The White House did not respond to requests for comment….


“I know everybody wants an advantage, but he’s been pretty scrupulous about not giving anybody any ideas about where he’s starting,” said Sen. John Cornyn(Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican.

Asked what should be in the Senate’s base bill, he added: “That’s the $64,000 question everybody wants to know, and Sen. McConnell hasn’t told us.”

Last month, McConnell promised a debate on immigration if the government shutdown ended. Democrats, led by Minority Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.), subsequently agreed to vote to open the government after a three-day shutdown.

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), who has been involved in the immigration negotiations, also said on Tuesday that he does not know because “McConnell is the only one who can say what the base bill is going to be.”

What will be included in the Senate’s bill has come under growing scrutiny as several groups have failed to produce an agreement that could reach 60 votes — the number needed to overcome a filibuster….


The Senate is slated to begin a floor debate early next week on some kind of an immigration bill, though what exactly will be included in that bill remains a mystery. Lawmakers meeting nearly every day to hammer out a compromise say they have yet to reach consensus on any piece of the puzzle, from how many young immigrants known as Dreamers will be granted a path to citizenship to how much funding will go to building new walls on the U.S.-Mexico border to what changes, if any, will be made to the nation’s legal immigration system. Amid this tangle of issues, several senators have told TPM, one piece has emerged as particularly difficult: the status of Dreamers’ parents.

“That’s where I think most of the disagreement comes from,” Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) told reporters. “If you’re going to have the DACA kids addressed, you’re going to have to find a way to address the parents. And you cannot simply say, ‘Well, since you brought your kids in illegally, this gives you a leg up on all the millions of other people who are in line waiting to get in here who have not violated the law. That’s the issue.”

The nearly 800,000 young immigrants who have been enrolled in President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program have never been able to sponsor any family members for legal status or citizenship. But if DACA holders are allowed to obtain green cards and eventually citizenship as part of a new immigration reform bill, they may in the future be able to do so.

Many Democrats and Republicans alike say they do not want families to be split up, and want to offer the parents some sort of temporary legal status….



Senate Common Sense Coalition for Immigration reform grows to 30…

More than 30 senators join push for immigration deal

The group got together yesterday, led by two REPUBLICANS….

The problem is with Trump and The House Republicans…Not the Senate….To get a Law ?…It seems that House Speaker Ryan will have to go against some of his own party members and enlist support from Democrats….

Trump is supposed to announce HIS view of what he wants next week …Ah?…HIS view bounces back and forth everyday….

Moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) and Sen. Lindsey Graham(R-S.C.) hosted Wednesday’s session, which was so large that it was held in the Senate Armed Services Committee room in the Russell Building.

Collins has seen her influence grow since her party lost the Alabama Senate seat in December.

Other Republicans who attended included Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (Texas), Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), James Lankford(Okla.), Thom Tillis (N.C.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Mike Rounds (S.D.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who was a driving force behind the comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the Senate in 2013, also attended.

The majority of participants were Democrats, including many centrists.

“There were over 35 RSVPs. I think we had more,” Graham told reporters afterward. “I’ve never seen that many senators in a room on immigration since I’ve been here.”…


image…Greg Nash

Democrats hope McConnell will keep his word on Immigration vote…

Democrats ARE pinning their hopse to get the DACA/Dreamers issue and other pieces of Immigration legislation up for a vote by the Feb. 8th next budget vote on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s word….

McConnell is gonna be under pressure from Trump and anti-immigration Republicans to NOT give much of anything to Democrats on a path to citizenship for illegal or legal immigrants ….

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will be under even MORE pressuer then his has been by the left of his party to get SOMETHING on Immigration…A failure to do so could cost him dearly…

Asked if she[ Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)] trusts McConnell to follow through, she added: “Chuck Schumer trusts him. I haven’t been party to that discussion, so I really can’t comment. But the strategy was to keep it affixed to a must-pass vehicle because there was great worry that the House wouldn’t pass it. The leadership did it this way; they must know something I don’t.”

Democrats are betting that passing an immigration bill will put pressure on the House and Trump

Instead, many Senate Democrats are slightly refining their strategy. They believe that if McConnell keeps his promise and the Senate passes a bill with overwhelming bipartisan support, that would put the onus on House Republicans to acquiesce or take the blame this time for failing to negotiate.

It’s a risky ploy, given how intransigent the hardline conservatives have been on immigration. But the minority has calculated that it’s the best move they have, rather than risk a shutdown dragging out and Republicans continuing to bludgeon them for refusing to approve a six-year CHIP extension.

“Plus, do they really want to start deporting third-grade teachers on March 5?” he added. “I don’t think so.”…



Some GOPer’s would have NO problem seeing that third -grade teacher detained and sent back to a place he/she never knew….

The US Congress has a LOT of things that they should do… but won’t get to all of them….

The Washington Post provides a list of things the Congress has on their plate to tangle with in the next week or two before they recess AGAIN for the Holidays…

They will NOT take care of all of the outstanding things….They NEVER do….But this sesion of Congress has produced little if anything in major legislation….

The deadlines that are printed in the media are always flexible and the lawmakers know that….

THE BIG IDEA: December is going to be a wild month on Capitol Hill. As lawmakers return today from Thanksgiving, they’ve got so much on their plates that many are holding off on making Christmas plans.

Republicans are pushing for the biggest overhaul of the tax code in three decades in the same bill that they’re trying to knock down a core pillar underpinning Obamacare, and they expect to do it with no Democratic votes. But they’ll need support from the other side of the aisle to avoid a government shutdown on Dec. 8, and the minority leaders are determined to get concessions — perhaps on immigration.

By the end of 2017, a year that will be remembered for a surprising lack of legislative results despite unified GOP control of government, Congress also needs to find a compromise to reauthorize the law that allows for foreign intelligence surveillance on U.S. soil.

Meanwhile, the dark clouds from cascading sexual harassment scandals hang over the Hill and everyone is wondering who will be the next to get exposed. A special election in Alabama on Dec. 12 could narrow the GOP’s already small margin for error in the Senate.

Here’s a brief rundown of what to watch on the Hill in the weeks ahead:

1. Keeping the lights on: “Both sides have floated the possibility of a short-term stopgap to push negotiations (from Dec. 8) until just before Christmas. But informal talks have been abortive,” Mike DeBonis and Ed O’Keefe report. “The first step toward a resolution will be reaching an agreement on government spending levels for 2018 and perhaps beyond, lifting caps imposed under a bipartisan 2011 budget deal. … Under current law, Congress may appropriate no more than $549 billion for defense programs and $516 billion for nondefense programs next year, a cut from current levels. But the Trump administration and defense hawks want to boost defense spending to more than $600 billion, and Democrats are demanding a dollar-for-dollar increase in nondefense spending.

Talks before the Thanksgiving holiday focused on raising spending levels somewhere between $180 billion and $200 billion over the next two fiscal years combined but went nowhere … Aides from both parties warned that if a spending accord is not reached this week, hopes for the passage of a broad appropriations bill before Christmas would be dim.”

2. The House and Senate must reconcile their tax plans.

Senate Republicans are seriously considering several last-minute changes to their tax bill to win over reluctant lawmakers ahead of critical votes planned for this week.“The lawmakers attracting the most concern from leadership and the White House are Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who say the current version of the bill favors corporations over other businesses,” Damian Paletta reports. “There are numerous members demanding changes, and their needs don’t all overlap. Together, the requests put Republican leaders in a difficult position, as they attempt to accommodate individual holdouts on a one-off basis without losing other members or creating a situation in which the bill collapses under the weight of disparate demands. At least six GOP members have raised concerns about specific provisions in the GOP tax bill, though none has flatly said they plan to vote against it this week. Johnson came closest, saying he opposed the measure but later suggesting he could support it with changes.”….