White House to Release 'Legislative Framework' For Immigration Deal Next Week

27 January 2018, 10:06 | Isaac Mcdaniel

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"After decades of inaction by Congress it's time we work together to solve this issue once and for all", she said.

Democrats and even some Republicans have criticized the president for his approach to the immigration deal-making, saying they were looking for more concrete guidance from him about the contours of a bill he would sign.

"We've got a strong economy, we've got ISIS on the run and we have a Supreme Court justice in Neil Gorsuch that I think is going to leave an incredible legacy and will be one of the defining moments of the president's tenure".

The White House will release the legislative framework on Monday.

The White House on Tuesday rejected the idea that a bipartisan bill sponsored by Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham could be the core of a solution.

Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, said Schumer had promised $25 billion for the wall and other border security measures, though not all of that would have been immediate funding.

"That's been a big priority for the president", she said.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that they will determine what to do "as the day goes on and as we see how the next couple of hours go".

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Trump reportedly grew angry in a January 11 Oval Office meeting about that bill with Graham, Durbin and other lawmakers, in which he allegedly referred to Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries".

Cornyn said there had been discussions of he and Durbin being a "clearing house" for suggestions from senators on legislation to rescue Dreamers from the threat of deportation and provide permanent protections for them.

The framework is expected to give much-needed guidance to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who have at times struggled to grasp what kind of deal President Donald Trump would and would not be willing to reach. In September, he announced he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, effective in March - unless Congress came up with a new law.

That measure, however, could be laden down with the White House's entire immigration wish list. The goal is to produce consensus legislation that would be the starting point for Senate debate on immigration, which is expected to begin February 8, said Sens. The framework "takes into account all of the conversations we've had", Sanders said.

As a result, Trump has been forced to ask Congress for USA taxpayer funds for the wall. He has said he prefers a "merit-based" system that pays no notice to anyone's country of origin.

With the clock ticking, Trump appeared to agree to a pair of deals with Democrats, then backed out and demanded more money for a border wall. "Because without his support, I don't think it would pass the House of Representatives", which has more conservative views on the topic.

The White House and congressional Democrats are scrambling to resolve their differences on the politically charged immigration issue to avoid the possibility of another government shutdown in two-and-a-half weeks.



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