US Senate braces for showdown over 'Dreamer' immigrants

US Senate braces for showdown over 'Dreamer' immigrants

US Senate braces for showdown over 'Dreamer' immigrants

"We really do get along, despite what you read in the press", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, at a previously scheduled appearance alongside his counterpart, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, at the University of Louisville.

Top Republicans said Trump's plan has the best shot at becoming law out of those being considered.

The bill talks of possibly legalizing almost 1.8 million "Dreamers" or recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, program, in exchange for some of the biggest enforcement changes in two decades.

"The President's proposal, now the Grassley bill, is so extreme on legal immigration that several Republicans have been critical of it, including my Republican friends from SC and Arizona", Schumer added.

A bipartisan group of senators assembled an immigration Bill that could be voted on as early as Thursday.

"They are not a priority for deportation", he told reporters. But the statement did not say Trump would veto a bill that fell short of them.

Immigration activists and lawmakers are wary of the GOP immigration plan. He said only a few of about 170 members in the Republican Study Committee that he leads will support giving dreamers a way to become citizens that isn't an option for immigrants who came here legally.

And President Donald Trump has been clear that he doesn't want anything short of a four-pillar solution- one that includes border security, protections for DACA recipients, an end to the diversity lottery and a massive overhaul of the country's legal immigration system. "That includes opposing any short-term "Band-Aid" approach".

Among those points are restricting the visa lottery and spending millions to build a border wall.

The Republicans need help to pass legislation from Democrats because they hold only a 51-49 edge and 60 votes are necessary for passage. Democrats have uniformly objected to the cuts to family migration and have issues with the ending of the diversity visa without another way to support immigrants from countries that are otherwise underrepresented in immigration to the US.

The group of about 25 senators has been meeting privately, including Wednesday morning. "So this is an open, amendable process which you all know, many of you have been around here a lot longer than me, doesn't happen all that often in the U.S. Senate", said Sen.

Mr Porter worked in the White House for more than a year without full security clearance and despite allegations of past domestic abuse.

"DREAMers" refers to immigrants who were brought to the USA illegally as children. Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.) and Michael McCaul (R., Texas) in the House that would similarly implement the White House's plan.

His new bill would tigthen immigration laws.

Lawmakers for months have struggled to craft a compromise after Trump scrapped a program that allowed Dreamers to stay, and gave Congress until March 5 to find a solution. About 700,000 are now protected by the DACA program. But Contres said that Gardner was open to other proposals as well - which leaves the door open for him to support some of the more conservative bills.

The White House has not weighed in on any of the legislative options, but Trump has insisted that any immigration bill also include funding for a wall along the US border with Mexico. Congress has repeatedly tried and failed to overhaul immigration policy over the past decade.

Also in play is a more modest plan by Sens.