US Senate begins rare open debate on immigration


The debate on immigration is scheduled to last for a week, and both sides of the aisle are scrambling to come up with a proposal that will garner the necessary 60 votes in order to pass the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said the Senate will vote on any proposal that garners 60 votes.

The bourbon Schumer presented, Widow Jane, is actually distilled in Kentucky, but purchased barreled young and then taken to NY to age. McConnell proclaiming there is no such thing as Brooklyn bourbon.

The Senate is now considering an unrelated piece of legislation McConnell brought up to serve as a placeholder for an eventual immigration bill.

But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer signaled he was not on board with McConnell's plea for Democrats to start offering amendments that would each receive a fair shake on the floor. "This is the only Senate proposal that has any chance of passing the House and being signed into law", Grassley said.

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If not, Flake says lawmakers will need to do something to protect the Dreamers - young immigrants who have lived in the USA illegally since they were children.

President Donald Trump has offered more than Democrats asked on citizenship for the so-called Dreamers, but only in exchange for tough cutbacks on overall immigration and funding for a massive wall on the Mexican border.

That includes a path to legalization for young people living in the country illegally, along with billions of dollars for a border wall and major changes to the legal immigration system.

In his own remarks on the Senate floor, Schumer expressed opposition to such a sweeping approach.

Allowing three days to debate the lives of millions of immigrants is absurd for a few reasons. Grassley said Trump supports the measure. Cornyn told reporters Tuesday. Those measures are excluded largely because business groups oppose any reductions to the annual inflow of immigrant workers and consumers. Roughly 700,000 of them are protected under the Obama-era executive program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which President Donald Trump ended in September. Trump chose to end the program in September, with a phase-out date of March 5.

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The bill's chances are unclear in the Senate, as most Democrats have said the cuts to legal immigration are far too drastic and some conservatives have issues with the path to citizenship being available for such a large group. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) - are against the proposal.

Highlighting the partisan gap, there was plenty of finger-pointing Monday. They only want to use it as a campaign issue.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate will only be debating immigration this week, and said if Democrats were serious about trying to find a solution for illegal immigrant "Dreamers" they better begin to offer plans.

"There are 690,000 official DACA registrants and the president sent over what amounts to be two and a half times that number, to 1.8 million", Kelly said.

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