White House threatens to veto bipartisan bill to protect 'Dreamers'

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"I am asking all senators, in both parties, to support the Grassley bill and to oppose any legislation that fails to fulfill these four pillars", Trump said in a statement.

But the White House criticized the bill, saying it would weaken enforcement of current law and produce a flood of illegal immigration.

But they added that the border security provisions and the cuts to legal immigration channels are required to stem illegal immigration, reduce a lengthy backlog in the green card process and reduce immigration levels that, the White House argues, have harmed American workers.

With senators racing against a self-imposed end-of-the-week deadline to strike a deal, Trump demanded the chamber rally around his proposal, which puts the "Dreamer" immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children on a pathway to citizenship - but severely curtails legal immigration.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had set a deadline for the Senate to pass an immigration measure by the end of this week.

The developments underlined the hard path any immigration plan faces as Washington remains starkly divided on one of Trump's signature issues.

DACA refers to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as the "Dreamers" program.

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"This is it in a sense", Grassley said on the Senate floor. That scuttled what had seemed the likeliest chance for sweeping immigration legislation to make it through the Senate this year. Their plan says nothing about curbing family-based legal migration or making changes to the diversity lottery program.

Beyond those eight, there are a few more Republican senators with histories suggesting moderate inclinations on immigration.

The early reviews on Grassley, sponsored with Trumpists like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), asked why the bipartisan group's bill could pass. The Tradefair team brings you the latest in United States politics.

The comments came as the Senate voted 97-1 - Ted Cruz, R-Texas, provided the sole "no" vote - to plunge into an open-ended immigration debate that's been promised by McConnell.

The immigration debate is now over with no solution in sight.

While the Senate has a compromise in place, it's unclear whether or not the bill would even get to Trump's desk. It would also offer an eventual path to citizenship, over 10 to 12 years, for 1.8 million of the young undocumented immigrants, but would preclude them from sponsoring their parents to become citizens.

On Monday, Trump made little effort to ease tensions. The Department of Homeland Security and Attorney General Jeff Sessions also blasted it. Chris Coons, D-Del., and John McCain, R-Ariz., to address the DACA population.

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The top Republicans in both the House and Senate praised statements from the administration Wednesday, describing it as a boost for the approach that many of their more conservative members support. He told reporters Trump "did a very good job of putting a honest offer on the table".

The key will be which bill can receive 60 votes, the threshold for advancing legislation in the closely divided 100-member Senate.

Many Democrats and some Republicans say they want to focus on granting rights to those immigrants who are in the country illegally after being brought in as children.

But the mood was dour after the White House rejected any legislation that does not further limit legal immigration, and lawmakers aim to start leaving town for a week-long recess on Thursday night.

"We're trying to find common ground", said Sen. "Now you've got a compassionate president who has gone way beyond what they ever thought he would do. You'll have Obama, Bush and Trump".

"We have repeatedly called for Washington to overhaul our broken immigration system so that it not only welcomes the contributions of those living in the shadows but also ensures we stop having these debates in the future by actually securing the border", the group said in a statement. A White House official explained today that this course of action-backing the Grassley bill-represented "a balanced middle ground", that is "something that could become law" and something that "could pass the House", the more conservative chamber.

Time is running out for senators to reach an agreement on immigration, with less than three weeks until DACA officially expires. It should be noted that among those on board with the Grassley bill is White House legislative director Marc Short, a longtime ally of the Kochs.

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