Senate Rejects Immigration Amendment Favored By Trump

Update II: The votes are beginning to role in...as a reminder, the Senate plans to vote on four amendments to the House shell bill that's serving as the vehicle for the chaotic, live-action compromise playing out on the Senate floor...

  • *SENATE REJECTS IMMIGRATION AMENDMENT FROM SENS. COONS, MCCAIN

  • *SENATE REJECTS BIPARTISAN DACA-BORDER PLAN OPPOSED BY TRUMP

  • *SENATE BEGINS VOTE ON BIPARTISAN DACA-BORDER FUNDS AMENDMENT

According to the Hill, the Senate will now vote on a measure mirroring Trump's proposed immigration deal, which is also expected to fail, leaving Congress with an uncertain path on immigration ahead of a March 5 deadline set by the president.

  • *SENATE REJECTS TRUMP IMMIGRATION-DACA-BORDER FRAMEWORK

     

...And that approach also failed.

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Update: President Trump has made it very clear where he would prefer the vote to go. First he retweeted:

Then he detailed his views in two tweets:

"The Schumer-Rounds-Collins immigration bill would be a total catastrophe. @DHSgov says it would be “the end of immigration enforcement in America.” It creates a giant amnesty (including for dangerous criminals), doesn’t build the wall, expands chain migration, keeps the visa...

...lottery, continues deadly catch-and-release, and bars enforcement even for FUTURE illegal immigrants. Voting for this amendment would be a vote AGAINST law enforcement, and a vote FOR open borders. If Dems are actually serious about DACA, they should support the Grassley bill!"

 

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Update: Despite the threat of veto from The White House over one bill, Bloomberg reports that House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for votes on the immigration bill at 2:30pm today.

As The Hill reports, the Senate is barreling toward a showdown on the floor over immigration, with both sides digging in as they hunt for 60 votes.

The battle will now come to a head shortly with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) urging lawmakers to move forward quickly.

“At a minimum, under the regular order, we can make sure at least they receive a vote by Friday morning. I hope the Democratic leader will finally consent to hold these votes on amendments today,” he said.

McConnell has teed up four proposals: A measure from Sens. Christopher Coons (D-Del.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) dealing with "Dreamers" and border security, an amendment from Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) cracking down on sanctuary cities, a bipartisan proposal from the Common Sense Coalition and a framework from the White House.

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As we detailed earlier, the Trump administration has threatened to veto a so-called 'bipartisan' immigration bill - offered from Chuck Schumer and Susan Collins - that was being primed for a vote as soon as this afternoon.

The bill reportedly does not meet President Trump's demands and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that:

“If the president were presented with an enrolled bill that includes the amendment, his advisors would recommend that he veto it.”

As The Hill reports, the bipartisan plan would shield 1.8 million young immigrants living illegally in the U.S., known as “Dreamers,” from deportation and provide $25 billion for border security measures - both elements of the White House’s immigration plan.

But the proposal does not go as far as the White House would like in curbing family-based immigration.

It would block Dreamers from sponsoring parents who knowingly brought them illegally into the country, but would not make broader changes to the family visa system demanded by Trump and his GOP allies in the House.

The White House said it “would undermine the safety and security of American families and impede economic growth for American workers” and result in “a flood of new illegal immigration in the coming months.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York called President Donald Trump "obstinate" and said the president "has stood in the way of every single proposal that has had a chance of becoming law." A group of Democratic and Republican senators agreed on the proposal Wednesday after weeks of negotiations.

The president on Thursday endorsed a bill introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) that closely mirrors the White House framework.