The Dispute Dividing the GOP Over Immigration

Laura Christensen
February 3, 2018

CIS Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughan said Trump's plan to limit the ability of immigrants to bring family members to the United States, so-called "chain migration", will take years to offset those who have been eligible for legal status under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a temporary program created by former president Barack Obama that expires in March. "We believe every American has the right to grow up in a safe home, to attend a good school, and to have access to a great job", he's expected to say, according to speech excerpts.

Trump has said he is open to extending the deadline and some Republicans have said they would welcome the idea.

"I know that the Senate is planning to bring an immigration bill to the floor in the coming weeks, and I am asking today that the framework we submitted be the bill that the Senate votes on".

The issue is also tied up in a long-running standoff between Republicans and Democrats over federal spending levels, with Democrats threatening to block appropriations bills until immigration is addressed.

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 US 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.

"The Republican position on immigration is the center mainstream view of the American people, with some extra strength at the border and security at the border added in", he said.

He's also expected to speak about immigration and people who were brought to the USA illegally as children, known as "Dreamers". James Lankford (R-Okla.), who supported other Republicans in the 2016 primary, said on the eve of the GOP retreat at the Greenbrier resort here. 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.

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Amid the optimism were nagging questions about whether lawmakers will enact immigration changes or deadlock over Trump's calls for a wall along the Mexican border and a path to citizenship for young immigrants here illegally.

"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".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said last month that he would open debate on an immigration bill if a bipartisan accord on addressing DACA were not reached by February 8.

"Inflammatory" is how Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of IL described Trump's remarks.

The next spending deadline looms on Thursday, with Democrats defiant in their demands and Republicans remaining divided. "Far from a compromise that can pass, it is a deeply partisan proposal that, fortunately, is dead on arrival". 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.

But then the hardliners in the House GOP and in the White House began to make their own pitch for a broader and more conservative deal.

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