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White House spokesman: Trump would support a “responsible immigration reform”

Hilario Yanez, a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides legal protections to almost 800,000 Dreamers, praised President Donald Trump's stance on illegal immigration and blasted that of congressional Democrats during an appearance on Fox News.

If we build bipartisanship in solving this, something that has always been the hallmark of Senator [John] McCain's leadership in this body for more than three decades, I think we then lay the groundwork for bigger and more important work. He wrote, "This will be our last chance, there will never be another opportunity!" But President Trump ended the program in September and gave Congress a March 5 deadline to address their status.

The Senate voted 97 to 1 to open debate, with Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, providing the sole "no" vote.

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., endorsed the plan introduced by Cotton and others and called on senators to quickly unveil whatever else they might want to propose. In 2013, the Senate voted to grant a pathway to US citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants, but the effort died in the House of Representatives. It would provide possible citizenship for hundreds of thousands of Dreamers, $2.7 billion for border security and some changes in legal immigration rules.

Now, the beacon of hope tonight is that there are small bipartisan groups meeting all across the Senate, and, in fact, they're kind of in such a tough position, they don't really want reporters saying who's meeting with who. Ryan has also said he won't bring up legislation that doesn't have the support of the president, to avoid risking a veto. He said middle ground can't always be found, but both sides need to be open to compromise.

FILE - Demonstrators march during an immigration rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 6, 2017. It also seeks to eliminate immigration-court backlogs by increasing the number of immigration judges, and works on reforms in Central America to help address what drives people to migrate in the first place.

"The path to 60 is by focusing on responding to the challenge of Dreamers and giving them a pathway to citizenship, and responding to the challenge of border security", Schumer said. Many House Democrats, and some of the party's lawmakers in the Senate, held out on supporting a massive bipartisan budget deal last week because of immigration.

"There will probably be at least three bills", Feinstein told VOA.

"It's not a Republican [issue], it's not a Democrat issue, but it's an American issue".

The hazy Senate process is expected to include votes on a wide range of proposals, including a version of a framework released in January by the White House. "But I also don't think we should just do this between now and Thursday".

But by expanding that to all 1.8 million DACA-registered or DACA-eligible young immigrants, and attaching it to other reforms, Trump has put the Democrats in a corner. Dianne Feinstein in Los Angeles, California, Jan. 3, 2018. It takes 60 votes for a proposal to be considered part of the bill. "We've identified three priorities for creating a safe, modern and lawful immigration system: securing the border, ending chain migration, and canceling the awful visa lottery". John Barrasso of Wyoming said. But getting 60 votes is not easy in the chamber, in which the Republicans have a narrow majority of 51-49. Dick Durbin said. "But it is exciting to think that men and women elected to this body, known as the 'greatest deliberative body, ' are finally going to deliberate".

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