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Politics The Latest: Senate votes to begin immigration debate

08:05  13 february  2018
08:05  13 february  2018 Source:   ap.org

GOP senators to introduce immigration plan mirroring Trump framework

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on immigration legislation in Congress (all times local): 6:08 p.m. The Senate has voted to start debating immigration , including whether to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Monday's vote was 97-1.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on immigration legislation in Congress (all times local)

The Capitol Dome of the Capitol Building at sunrise, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Washington. The Senate is ready for a showdown debate over immigration, including whether to protect young © The Associated Press The Capitol Dome of the Capitol Building at sunrise, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Washington. The Senate is ready for a showdown debate over immigration, including whether to protect young "Dreamers" from deportation, in an election-year battle that's sure to electrify both parties' most fervent voters and could well end in stalemate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON — The Latest on immigration legislation in Congress (all times local):

6:08 p.m.

The Senate has voted to start debating immigration, including whether to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

Cruz only senator to vote against moving to immigration debate

  Cruz only senator to vote against moving to immigration debate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was the only senator to oppose moving toward an immigration fight on the Senate floor. Senators voted 97-1 on ending debate over whether or not to take up the House-passed bill being used as a vehicle for the Senate's debate.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on immigration legislation in Congress (all times local): 6:08 p.m. The Senate has voted to start debating immigration , including whether to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on immigration legislation in Congress (all times local): 6:08 p.m. The Senate has voted to start debating immigration , including whether to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

Monday's vote was 97-1. The overwhelming margin belies how hard it will be for any measure to actually pass.

Many Republicans back President Donald Trump's plan offering possible citizenship to up to 1.8 million young "Dreamers." He's also seeking $25 billion for security, including his proposed border wall, and would limit the relatives legal immigrants can bring to the U.S.

Democrats want citizenship for Dreamers but are unwilling to clamp down on legal immigration.

Any measure will need 60 votes — meaning significant bipartisan support.

Senators are working on amendments behind the scenes. It is unclear which will be voted on and what can pass.

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12:55 p.m.

President Donald Trump says it's up to Democrats to decide whether to extend protections for young immigrants living in the country illegally.

The Senate’s ongoing, unpredictable immigration debate: what we know

  The Senate’s ongoing, unpredictable immigration debate: what we know The debate has started. Nobody knows how it ends.Congress is beginning to address the plight of those covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which includes about 700,000 people who were brought to the United States illegally as children. Trump has said that he would rescind those protections in early March, putting the onus on Congress to come up with a permanent solution.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on immigration legislation in Congress (all times local): 6:08 p.m. The Senate has voted to start debating immigration , including whether to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on immigration legislation in Congress (all times local): 6:08 p.m. The Senate has voted to start debating immigration , including whether to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

Trump is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which lets young immigrants known as "Dreamers" temporarily live and work in the U.S.

On Monday, Trump said he never wanted to tie budget talks to the Dreamers debate and now that the budget has been proposed, "we start very serious DACA talks today."

Trump says he thinks "there's a good chance of getting DACA done," but only if Democrats "are serious and they actually want to do it." He adds that it's "really up to them."

Trump has proposed providing a pathway to citizenship for up to 1.8 million people in exchange for billions for his border wall, and major changes to the legal immigration system.

Democrats say his plan is a non-starter. Trump wants a deal by early next month.

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1:11 a.m.

The Senate will open up a rare, open-ended debate on immigration and the fate of the "Dreamer" immigrants on Monday. But the most influential voice in the conversation may be on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue.

If the aim is to pass a legislative solution soon, President Donald Trump is a crucial and, at times, complicating player. His day-to-day turnabouts on the issues have confounded Democrats and Republicans and led some to urge the White House to minimize his role in the debate for fear he'll say something that undermines the effort.

Yet his ultimate support will be vital if Congress is to overcome election-year pressures against compromise.

The Senate failed on immigration. No one knows what’s next. .
The Senate has left town without a deal on immigration. After months of failed negotiations, senators voted down four immigration proposals Thursday. The bill that had President Donald Trump’s blessing received the fewest votes. After months of failed negotiations, senators voted down four immigration proposals Thursday. The bill that had President Donald Trump’s blessing received the fewest votes. The only comprehensive bipartisan proposal on the table not only failed to win enough votes, but was also panned by Trump’s administration.

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