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Senate approves skeleton bill, begins immigration debate

by Evan Wilt
Posted 2/13/18, 10:32 am

WASHINGTON—The Senate kick-started the immigration debate Monday, eyeing a quick compromise on legislation to protect nearly 700,000 illegal immigrants from deportation. Lawmakers voted 97-1 to begin debate on a skeleton bill that will serve as a vehicle for specific proposals. “This is going to be done or not done this week,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters Monday. “People had better get to work because the clock is ticking.” Immigrants protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program begin losing their status after March 5. President Donald Trump announced the program’s expiration in September, forcing Congress to find a legislative solution. The proposed White House plan would provide a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million eligible immigrants brought to the country as children, a group often referred to as “dreamers,” and invest $25 billion in new border security measures. A group of seven GOP senators drafted the plan, one of several proposals up for debate this week. Democrats call the proposal a non-starter since it would significantly cut the number of legal immigrants permitted into the United States each year. “Democrats are fully committed to protecting the dreamers, and we have long supported effective border security,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday. “The only enemy to this process is overreach. Now is not the time nor the place to reform the entire legal immigration system.”

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Evan Wilt

Evan is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Washington, D.C.

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    Peter Allen
    Posted: Tue, 02/13/2018 01:09 pm

    We will need young immigrants to fund our future retirement as we are not having enough children to support Social Security.  We should increase legal immigration.  Immigrants who do not take the six figure jobs that we hope our children can compete for.  Who better than law abiding, hard working Latino's with a clean background, and who do not come from countries who actively support terrorists?   Immigrants with the best chance of integration within a generation.  There is no question we need them due to our population projections without them. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 02/13/2018 03:28 pm

    “We [Democrats] have long supported effective border security,” says Sen Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.  

    Demonstrably a lie, I believe. 

    As for the idea of immigrants supporting Social Security?  We need greater numbers of young people just to get the work done that we retirees were doing. Part of the problem is an elitist idea that manual labor and technical skills are “beneath” our own young peoples’ dignity. They’ve been convinced they all need to go to college and graduate to immediate six-figure incomes. Which may be the reason for the apparent malaise among so many millennials: they realize they’ve been sold a lie.