GOP Senators Release Version of Trump’s Immigration Proposal
By Allison Payne 2/12/2018
Republican Senators Chuck Grassley, John Cornyn, James Lankford, Thom Tillis, David Perdue, Tom Cotton, and Joni Ernst have released a bill that resembles what Trump has proposed for new immigration legislation.
At the core of the bill, released Sunday night, is a resolution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects young immigrants brought to the US as children. The White House proposal offers a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants, with more than 800,000 of whom that have registered for the DACA program.
The White House also sought $25 billion to increase border security, build a wall, and change laws to make it easier to deport and detain immigrants. The Grassley bill makes these proposals a reality, including those that would toughen immigration enforcement and limit family-based visas, but is not expected to have 60 votes of support in the Senate.
With Democrats uniformly objecting to many of the GOP’s proposals, any preferred reforms to immigration laws face steep opposition.