McCain, Coons To Introduce Immigration Bill Without Wall

Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Christopher Coons (D-DE) will roll out an immigration bill on Monday which omits funding for a southern border wall, provides a path to citizenship for more "Dreamers" than President Trump has agreed to, and calls for a study to determine whether addition border security measures are needed, according to the Wall St. Journal.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

The bipartisan bill aims to provide a compromise between Republicans and Democrats in order to pave the way for a budget deal before the federal government runs out of money on Friday.

While Mr. Trump said he is open to providing Dreamers with a path to citizenship, he has repeatedly said that there would be no deal without wall funding - telling Ranking Democrat Chuck Schumer "If there is no Wall, there is no DACA" 

Senate aides revealed to the Journal that the plan would allow illegal immigrants who have resided in the US since December 31, 2013 legal status and a path to citizenship - which is a much larger number of people than the 1.8 million covered under Trump's proposal.

Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE)

Meanwhile, the bill would require the State Department to submit a three-year strategy aimed at addressing the underlying causes of migration from Central America into the United States (because a better standard of living, lower crime, and taxpayer funded government handouts aren't the obvious conclusion, apparently). As the Journal aptly points out, "Many Central Americans try to enter the U.S. illegally because of severe drug gang violence in their home countries." 

The Journal reported that the legislation is "almost identical" to House legislation introduced by Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX) and Pete Aguilar (D-CA), which has the support of 27 Democrats and 27 Republicans in the House.

“It’s time we end the gridlock so we can quickly move on to completing a long-term budget agreement that provides our men and women in uniform the support they deserve,” McCain said in a statement to the Journal on Sunday. 

“While reaching a deal cannot come soon enough for America’s service members, the current political reality demands bipartisan cooperation to address the impending expiration of the DACA program and secure the southern border,” he continued. 

The legislation also calls for the hiring of 55 new judges per year, along with dozens of staff attorneys for three years, in order to clear out the enormous backlog in the immigration-court system. 

The federal government shut down for three days in January after an impasse between Senate Republicans and Democrats, who would not budge unless a deal was reached to provide citizenship for those covered under DACA. 

Comments

Kafir Goyim J S Bach Mon, 02/05/2018 - 09:59 Permalink

McCain shows his true colors ... again.  I didn't vote for this piece of shit when he ran for president, and as Obama ran amok, I almost had a twinge of guilt about that.  Thanks, you piece of shit, for reminding me what a RINO whore you are, who cares nothing about the legal citizens of this country or their children, or it's future.

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GeezerGeek NoDebt Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:24 Permalink

My cat, a Maine Coon, strenuously rejects the notion of having an immigration bill attached to his proud heritage. He's definitely an American-firster. My dog, when I first read the title of this article, merely howled at the moonbats. His judgement is not always to be trusted, however, his being a Siberian Husky suspected of colluding with Putin and all.

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BarkingCat J S Bach Mon, 02/05/2018 - 10:22 Permalink

Who here would kick in a few $$$ to get Lady Graham defeated in the next election?

I have an idea for some billboards in South Carolina.

 

Imagine a billboard - a room with a closet door open. Inside the closet is Lindsay Graham. 

In big bold text a question - "South Carolina, what's in your closet?"

 

I have no idea how much it would cost, but I think that given a choice between donation to Graham's primary challenger and funding this, the billboard would be much more effective. 

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MEFOBILLS J S Bach Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:14 Permalink

Thanks to the 17'th amendment and other progressive acts our ((Friends)) funded into being after 1912.  Oligarchy and Plutocracy purposefully changed the country. 

Senators were NEVER supposed to be elected.  Prior to 17'th they could even be recalled by State Legislatures.  

Before 17'th there were still corrupt Senators, but after 17'th they became MORE accessible to bribery and manipulation by money powers.  Worse, Senators became populists.  They became populists in order to buy your votes.  So, the U.S. became unbalanced as Senators were no longer above the political fray.  Today the U.S. is a corporatocracy/Oligarchy with the leading corporations being banks, and banks in turn making usury for our ((friends)). 

The founders purposefully had only one populist wing (the house) where the Senate was to be outside the reach of democratic passions.  The founders knew that Democratic voting could be swayed by mob mentality, bribes, passions, or just plain stupidity like that on display in Arizona and South Carolina.

The Demos, or people, need to be in the loop, but they need to be checked.  Anybody who is for a pure "democracy" needs to have their head examined.  Term limits are not the answer either.

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Oldguy05 MEFOBILLS Mon, 02/05/2018 - 13:45 Permalink

We are a republic. Democracy is mob rule. Term limits aren't the answer but they sure would help tremendously. End The Fed. Pull out of the UN entirely. Get rid of, or at least out of NATO and start the indictments, prosecutions and imprisonment of the corrupt hangovers in government, including those outside the government that seek to subvert it. Soros, for example. Hilliary and Obama, for another.

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MEFOBILLS Oldguy05 Mon, 02/05/2018 - 14:25 Permalink

WE WERE A REPUBLIC.

The progressive era 16,17'th,Federal Reserve Act, and IRS did away with the republic.

We are a corporatocracy, where voting gives sanction to limited choices.  Said choices are selected in advance by the hidden rulers. 

In today's world, term limits would probably help, but term limits are a SOP.  A SOP is a panacea, and does not go after the root problem.

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August DownWithYogaPants Mon, 02/05/2018 - 19:26 Permalink

Well, yeah... McCain is a living, breathing piece of shit.  But fortunately, not for much longer.

Having belabored the obvious above, I'll add that a physical barrier at the Mexican border isn't actually needed... if the various levels of US government gave a shit about enforcing existing law.  As in: you get caught employing illegal labor, you do prison time.   You'd think that US labor unions could even get behind it....

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