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Sen. Thune: Trump Made 'Good Faith Effort' on Immigration

(Fox News' "Americ'a Newsroom")

By    |   Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018 01:28 PM

President Donald Trump has put out a "good faith effort" on immigration, but it remains to be seen if moderate Democrats, who also want to solve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), will vote on the measure, Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., said Tuesday.

"I think the president has put a good faith effort out there," Thune told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "Obviously it addresses the issue of providing legalization for all the DACA young people. At the same time it strengthens border security and tries to prevent this problem from occurring in the future and looking at issues like chain migration and Visa lottery."

To solve the issues of immigration, all those aspects will need to be on the table, Thune said, noting 60 votes will be needed in the Senate to pass an immigration law.

"I do think the president has led on this and has given the Senate a lot to chew on this week," Thune said. "We'll see where the amendment process takes us."

Trump also revealed his plans for improving the nation's infrastructure Monday, and Thune said that will be another issue needing 60 votes, so it will be challenging to figure out how to attract Democrats.

"On immigration if people are interested in finding a long-term solution to the problem, then there ought to be a coming together between Republicans and Democrats," Thune said. "When we're done debating this we'll see what's left standing and whether or not there is a chance we could send something to the House. But you also have to get past the House and it has to be something the president eventually will sign into law."

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, earlier Tuesday termed Trump's plan on immigration the "first and final offer," but Thune disagreed.

"I think there will be probably several versions of immigration legislation that will be voted on this week," he said. "If you want to do something that is very forward-looking, that does take this issue and put it behind us for the foreseeable future, what the president has put forward is that kind of solution."

Meanwhile, Trump's call to cut red tape and reduce project times is very important.

"These projects drag on forever," he said. "It is impossible to get anything done in this country and it is enormously expensive. It would be a huge reform."

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President Donald Trump has put out a "good faith effort" on immigration, but getting Democrats to vote on the measure will be a challenge, Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., said Tuesday.
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