Trump Presses McConnell On White House Immigration Plan

Trump Presses McConnell On White House Immigration Plan

They have begun to adapt to his unpredictable nature and, when it comes to investigations into Trump's 2016 campaign and presidential actions, Republicans have increasingly become strong defenders in a bid to invalidate his Democratic tormentors and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Sulphur Springs, W.Va. ― Fresh off a State of the Union that much of the media lauded as a call for bipartisanship, President Donald Trump addressed lawmakers here at a GOP retreat and implored them to pass a hardline immigration proposal that Democrats say is already dead on arrival.

He's also attacking Democrats for not supporting his agenda.

"Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives", he said, but promised to allow immigrants to sponsor only spouses and minor children, as "it would protect the nuclear family".

The president's framework would provide a 10-12 year path to citizenship for DACA-eligible immigrants, give preference to immigrants with skills needed in the USA economy, end a "visa lottery" that gave people across the world a chance to come legally to the United States, and seek to boost border security by erecting a wall between the United States and Mexico.

At the GOP retreat, immigration was not officially on the agenda. But there is no separate session on immigration policy even as divides between conservatives and moderates, the House and the Senate, and various other factions have kept Republicans from cementing a deal. In exchange for offering a path to citizenship for 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants, the administration wants not only a $25 billion border wall "trust fund", but also new limitations of legal immigration - such as cuts to family immigration visas, which Republicans call "chain migration", and the elimination of the program that distributes visas to citizens of certain countries by lottery.

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Republicans appear headed into the year with the idea that 2017 was when they got bigger items done and that 2018 will be a time to deal with necessary business, including spending and immigration. Would a path to citizenship be included?

"Nearly seven in 10 Americans support an immigration reform package that includes a permanent solution on DACA, secures the border, ends chain migration, and cancels the visa lottery".

President Donald Trump on Thursday will formally ask Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to use the White House's immigration overhaul framework as the legislative vehicle he introduces during a coming floor debate on the issue.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT said Trump's tone on immigration "was of a divider-in-chief".

"To get it done, we'll all have to make some compromises along the way, to get it done this way", Trump told lawmakers from his party at a countryside retreat. Still, Democrats and Republicans in the chamber remain far apart. He emerged from a meeting earlier this week with top House and Senate lawmakers and Trump administration officials with no progress to report in the talks.

"We have to be willing to give a little in order for our country to gain a whole lot", Trump said.

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