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Sen. Chris Coons: Trump, DHS Killed Bipartisan Immigration Bill

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By    |   Friday, 16 February 2018 11:58 AM

President Donald Trump and the Department of Homeland Security spread "falsehoods and misleading statements" that led to a bipartisan immigration reform bill being voted down, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said Friday.

"Why we can't get this done is clear: It was active lobbying by the president and the Department of Homeland Security that spread falsehoods and misleading statements against the compromise bill that two dozen of us worked very hard to get to the floor yesterday," Coons said Friday on CNN's "New Day."

The bill that Coons backed would have provided a pathway to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

It also would have offered around $25 billion to build Trump's border wall. The bill got 54 votes in the Senate Thursday, falling six votes short of passing, The Hill reported.

The Department of Homeland Security blasted the McCain-Coons bill Wednesday.

The White House had said the McCain-Coons plan would "increase illegal immigration."

Coons tweeted Thursday afternoon about his disappointment at the failure of the bill. "Passing this type of bill, the product of long, difficult, bipartisan negotiations, is exactly what the American people expected us to do," Coons wrote.

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President Donald Trump and the Department of Homeland Security spread "falsehoods and misleading statements" that led to a bipartisan immigration reform bill being voted down, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said Friday.
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