Will make long-term deal on immigration only if good for US

Lester Mason
January 23, 2018

The 18 senators who voted against legislation to open the government included some of the Senate's most liberal members and potential 2020 presidential candidates: Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent.

"Just like the Gang of Eight bill didn't pass in the House, this idea is not going to pass in the House".

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said his party had "come to an arrangement" to negotiate on the Democrats' calls for an immigration deal. There, conservative Republicans who have always been suspicious of bipartisan immigration talks have been able to snuff out any momentum. Angus King, Maine, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats. In a Monday statement, he made clear that he will be the ultimate judge of any deal.

Still, Democratic senators said they believe that a Senate immigration bill passing with a significant bipartisan majority would ultimately force Republicans to capitulate.

"I know there's great relief that this episode is coming to an end", said Speaker Paul Ryan. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., an at-risk incumbent who had called for days for the shutdown to end. Are they going to start with the teachers? Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and David Perdue, R-Ga., who were not members of the bipartisan group that has been working to find a solution palpable to both sides. It also doesn't address support for an immigration plan in the House, where opposition to extending the protections for the dreamers is far stronger.

"Now there is a real pathway to get a bill on the floor and through the Senate", he said of legislation to halt any deportation efforts aimed at "Dreamers", who were brought to the country as children and are now here illegally.

"He's gotten more done in one year than arguably any president in history", Eric Trump said, on Justice with Judge Jeanine.

Ryan has kept a tough line as the DACA debate has come to a head in advance of a March 6 deadline for the program's expiration.

Conventional wisdom suggests that the public is likely to punish a party in that situation - even though the GOP has done an effective job trying to shift blame to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, and the Democrats.

"I'm confident that we can get the 60 votes needed in the Senate for a DACA bill", added Schumer, who said the process will be "neutral and fair to all sides". "That should be the most important thing that we're dealing with this week".

Representatives from those talks briefed leaders Sunday afternoon, but the suspense dragged out for almost six hours before McConnell made his announcement.

Trump was expected to sign the legislation, which would give Congress more time to try to reach agreement on a long-term spending bill that would resolve issues including immigration, border security and spending caps. Walker conceded the hardline immigration bill now introduced by Rep. Jeff Flake, the Arizona Republican frequently at odds with the White House. The legislation also would crack down on "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

But Democrats must consider whether that assurance is sufficiently concrete for them to sell to base voters who are in uproar over DACA.

Democrats were on a roll before this shutdown, barreling toward what appeared to be an inevitable shot at taking back the majority in the House of Representatives in November's midterm elections-until they shut the government down on Friday night.

On Monday, Sanders wouldn't commit to Trump's supporting a path to citizenship, instead of simply a legal status for the "DREAMers".

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who faces a potentially competitive re-election this fall, sounded optimistic about the agreement. "It's got to secure the border".

President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time on February 28th, 2017. "If you could achieve those things. that's a bill that can pass the House".

There is no more explosive issue for Republicans than immigration.

Following Democrats vote in the Senate to end government shutdown, Sanders said the Democrats realise that the position they had taken, frankly, was indefensible, and that they had to focus on first funding the military, protecting Border Patrol agents, funding vulnerable children through the CHIP programme. The president and Republican conservatives have demanded than any immigration deal include funding for Trump's signature border wall and changes in immigration laws to end visa preferences for family members of US citizens, which Trump disparages as "chain migration".

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