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Senate Republicans Scramble for Plan B on Immigration

Senate Republicans Scramble for Plan B on Immigration

The bipartisan plan opposed by the White House failed Thursday, 54-45, as did Trump's plan introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley. That failed 60-39. (AP)

By    |   Friday, 16 February 2018 08:52 AM

Senate Republicans are scrambling to find an immigration bill that will stick after two big measures were shot down Thursday, The Hill reports.

The efforts to strike legislation that protects the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, "Dreamers" while also meeting President Donald Trump's demands for the wall and border security have been fruitless so far.

The bipartisan plan opposed by the White House failed Thursday, 54-45, as did Trump's plan introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley. That failed 60-39.

It's all about common ground for key stakeholders who have very little in common:

  • Senate Republicans
  • Senate Democrats
  • Trump
  • House Freedom Caucus

So the proposals are coming in waves - including temporary fixes  - but none are sticking so far ahead of the March 5 deadline imposed by Trump.

"Well, we'll go back to the drawing board, come up with a solution. I've got a proposal that maybe we'll get a shot at one of these days, too. We've gotta fix the issue, address the DACA problem and do something about the border," Sen. John Thune told CNN.

However, lawmakers also know that they have until at least June, now that two federal judges have put ordered injunctions against Trump's plan to deport illegal immigrants if Congress doesn't have legislation in place by the deadline.

“It’s no longer a reality the deadline is March 5,” The Hill quoted Sen. Tom Cotton.

And June could turn to this fall, depending on the Supreme Court's calendar, assuming it gets that far. 

In the meantime, the Senate spins.

"I'm looking for leadership from the White House, not demagoguery," Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters. "There's a deal to be had there, President Trump, just you need to lead us to that deal."

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