Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Bipartisan Senate immigration plan draws quick opposition

Bipartisan Senate immigration plan draws quick opposition

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during a meeting on immigration with a bipartisan group of House and Senate members at the White House Jan. 9. But the bill does contain much of what the president has said he wants to see in an immigration bill: a plan to fund the border wall and to end the chain migration system as well as the visa lottery program.

Lawmakers walked away confused. "He also said he would take the heat for both Republicans and Democrats if they get criticism over a compromise immigration measure, adding that his "whole life has been heat" and that to a certain extent he prefers it that way".

So what do legal experts think of the political ping pong Tuesday brought us, and the ramifications of the day moving forward? Trump previous year ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He's the director of the Institute for Higher Education Law & Governance at the University of Houston. Schumer are now allies, both attempting to push the Trump Administration toward a deal for a so called "Clean" DREAM act that is NOT tied to one of Mr. Trump's key campaign pledges - a border wall.

The president also addressed the issue of a border wall with Mexico, saying the USA needs one "in certain areas obviously that aren't protected by nature" and where existing fences are in bad shape and need to be fixed or rebuilt.

Earlier this week, a federal district judge in California issued a preliminary injunction against the Trump administration's efforts to end DACA, an Obama administration-era program that helps protect the roughly 800,000 so-called dreamers from deportation. They argued the administration acted arbitrarily when it chose to kill DACA.

Cotton said he's willing to support legal residence for the DACA recipients, with the right to eventually gain USA citizenship.

Pierre Garçon celebrates with the Haitian flag after the January 2010 AFC title game
Pierre Garçon celebrates with the Haitian flag after the January 2010 AFC title game. Joe Robbins Getty Images

But while all that was going on, Trump was holding a very public meeting, all televised, with Congressional leaders to discuss immigration reform and a bill that would codify DACA.

Second-ranking Senate Democrat Dick Durbin of IL released a joint statement by the six Senate negotiators - three Republicans and three Democrats - that said their plan addresses Trump's insistence on addressing border security, limits to family priority in immigration and an end to a visa lottery to promote diversity.

While few details have been released, lawmakers say the bill will give DACA recipients a temporary three year legal status that they could renew while pursuing citizenship.

"This doesn't mean that DACA is back in full effect", Carter said.

Along came Michael Wolff to show in his book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" that President Trump was not mentally competent to hold the job - and that his most trusted advisers knew it. Trump then proved Wolff's account stunningly accurate this week.


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