It appaears that ALL parties are holding fast on their starting positions on the often hard task of dealing with Immigration issues….
Recent Federal judges rulings forbiding Trump’s DHS from stopping the DACA and Dreamers programs have probably taken the heat off efforts to come with a bill anytime soon….
But the issue is still gonna be around…
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has with the votes, technically done his part of the deal he made with Democrats that he would bring the issue to the Senate floor for a vote….
Democrats are holding fast on NOT caving on trying to get as much as they can from the Republicans who need 60 votes in the Senate for passage of a bill…
The Republican-led Senate on Thursday blocked both President Trump’s immigration plan and a bipartisan alternative, a failure that cast doubt on whether Congress will ever resolve the fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants.
In a series of afternoon votes, senators failed to muster enough votes for a Republican plan backed by Trump that would have granted legal status to 1.8 million young immigrants and spent at least $25 billion to bolster security along the U.S.-Mexico border. It also would have made changes to family-based legal migration programs and ended a diversity lottery system used by immigrants from smaller countries.
The vote was 39-60, well short of the 60 needed to move ahead.
The Senate also couldn’t produce enough votes for a bipartisan plan that would legalize the same number of undocumented immigrants and appropriate $25 billion for southern border security construction projects over the next decade — not immediately, as Trump wants. The bill also would have curbed family-based immigration programs, but not to the extent Trump is seeking, and it said nothing about the diversity visa lottery program.
The vote was 54-45, short of the 60 necessary to move ahead.
The White House threatened a veto of that plan and in a tweet shortly before the vote, Trump called it a “total catastrophe.”
The failed votes could plunge the nation’s immigration system into further crisis, as millions of “dreamers” are set to lose legal protections when the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is set to end on March 5. Federal court challenges continue, meaning the program may continue under legal limbo until June….
Three Republican senators floated a fallback plan Thursday to protect hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants facing deportation in exchange for $25 billion in border security.
Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (S.D.), Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) floated a measure that would extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program indefinitely in exchange for $25 billion in border security funding.
It would require DACA recipients to reapply to the program every two years and cap expenditures….