A bipartisan bill was presented by a bipartisan group of lawmakers and the White House dismissed the bill even before it could be officially introduced in the Senate.
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain and Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons are slated to introduce a bill Monday that would grant eventual citizenship to young undocumented immigrants who have been in the country since 2013 and came to the US as children.
But it does not address all of the President's stated immigration priorities, like ending family-based immigration categories -- which Republicans refer to as "chain migration" — or ending the diversity visa program.
It calls for boosting border security by 2020 but would not immediately authorize the $30 billion funding that president Trump is seeking to build the border wall, instead greenlighting a study of border security needs.
The bill would also seek to address the number of undocumented immigrants staying in the US by increasing the number of resources for the immigration courts, where cases can take years to finish.
In brief, the bill "would address the most urgent priorities of protecting Dreamers, strengthening border security, alleviating the backlog in immigration courts, and addressing the root causes of illegal immigration."
There was news where the President was quoted saying that “a bill that does not include "STRONG" border security and a wall "a total waste of time”
The inability to reach an immigration agreement contributed to the brief government shutdown last month. The Congress faces another deadline this week. If it cannot pass a spending bill by Thursday February 8, 2018, the government will shut down again.
Democrats and Republicans are trying to reach a deal to protect young immigrants and boost border security measures. It’s time the gridlock ends so the lawmakers and administrative office can quickly move on to completing a long-term budget agreement. We hope to see a deal in this week or in the coming weeks.
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