18.02.15 Immigration Open Debate Update

February 16, 2018
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Immigration Debate Hits Dead End…For Now

"No one comes out a winner in this. We tried everything."

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the bipartisan Common Sense Coalition, after proposal on immigration reform did not get necessary votes to move forward in Senate.

Recap: Rare Week In Senate

  • Monday: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) begins “open debate” – senators can bring any proposal on immigration reform to the floor for consideration.
  • Thursday Evening: Few bills brought; 4 votes taken & no proposals pass to further debate.

Why It Matters:
March 5 DACA Deadline

  • Trump says he will rescind DACA on March 5 without broader reform. DACA provides temporary legal status to those brought here illegally by parents.
  • Pres. Trump open to allowing DACA recipients legal status or even citizenship in exchange for broader reform (ex: border wall $$$).

Important To Note

  • DACA deadline set by President Trump in doubt after two federal judges block WH move to rescind DACA.
  • Trump administration asked Supreme Court to review the case.
  • If Congress compromised on broader immigration reform, deadline & court cases might be irrelevant.

Meanwhile…At The White House

  • Senior administration officials & cabinet members hosted a high level delegation from Mexico on Valentine’s Day.
  • Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs met with VP Mike Pence & posted photos of working meeting.

View Photos Click Here

Official Word From WH On Meeting:

“The meeting furthered the work of both governments over the past year to establish comprehensive agreements on several issues, including economic cooperation and trade, security and law enforcement, energy, regional initiatives, and immigration.”

Check out the list of attendees at the WH meeting…and more…

by Jenna Lee,