White House proposes path to citizenship for 1.8 million people
President Donald Trump is proposing giving 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship in exchange for $25 billion for his long-promised wall and a host of other strict immigration cuts, according to a framework proposed Thursday.
In what a White House official called a "Dramatic concession," Trump would accept a path to citizenship for not just those originally eligible for DACA but for a broader population. Ref. CNN.
Senate votes to launch free-wheeling debate on immigration. The Senate voted Monday to begin debate on immigration legislation intended to provide a path to citizenship to so-called DREAMers, undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. Protected status for most of them will start expiring in early March. In exchange, Republicans are demanding increased border security, reductions in family based immigration and the end of the diversity visa lottery. As the open-ended debate began, GOP Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell told senators they should focus on passing something that is likely to be approved by the House and signed by President Trump. But McConnell promised not to favor a particular proposal. Ref. USAToday.
Bipartisan immigration deal fails in Senate
In a resounding defeat after months of negotiations, senators on Thursday failed to advance a bipartisan proposal to resolve the future of millions of young undocumented immigrants, leaving talks seemingly back at square one.
The deal would have paired a pathway to citizenship for nearly 2 million undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children with $25 billion in border security and some other measures. It failed to get the 60 votes necessary to advance legislation after furious White House opposition.
The vote was 54-45. Ref. CNN.
Trump berates California, threatens to pull federal immigration agents. President Trump on Thursday lambasted California officials for how they are dealing with gangs and threatened to pull immigration and border agents out of the state to show just how bad things would be without federal help. Source 6z.
Justice Department to sue California over three 'sanctuary state' laws. The Department of Justice will file a lawsuit against California over three state statutes that federal officials say interfere with their immigration authority. The lawsuit combats California's "Sanctuary state" laws that shield immigrants from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The suit is the latest crackdown on sanctuary cities under the Trump administration, which has also threatened to cut off federal law enforcement grants unless cities agree to identify and hold suspected immigration offenders. Ref. USAToday.
President Trump calls for 'see-through' features in visit to border wall. President Donald Trump took a firsthand look today at the eight massive border wall prototypes that he had commissioned in San Diego for the “big, beautiful wall” he wants to build along the Southwest border, favoring a mixture of see-through capability topped with rounded concrete to make it impassable by climbers. Source 1p.
See through with rounded concrete to prevent climbing sounds costly and isn't going to prevent tunneling, fly overs and boat crossing.
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Trump says he plans to order military to guard southern border. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he planned to order the military to guard parts of the southern border until he can build a wall and tighten immigration restrictions, proposing a remarkable escalation of his efforts to crack down on migrants entering the country illegally. Source 8y.