by Countable | 2.5.18
Congress is staring down another funding deadline on Thursday, and the issue of immigration, which prompted a three-day shutdown three weeks ago, is still not resolved.
In pursuit of getting what they see as the most pressing items taken care of so that Congress can move onto other priorities, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) have submitted a new bipartisan proposal to protect Dreamers and secure the southern border.
The McCain-Coons proposal, reports the Washington Post, would grant legal status to all Dreamers in the country since 2013, a much larger pool of immigrants than even the 1.8 million that President Trump has recently supported protecting. In the near term, the bill calls for the use of drones and other technology to better secure the U.S.-Mexico border.
The bill would also require the Homeland Security Secretary to present a comprehensive border strategy to Congress within a year which would include "a list of known physical barriers, levees, technologies, tools, and other devices that can be used to achieve and maintain situational awareness and operational control along the southern border" and a projected cost per mile for any proposed changes.
The bill does not authorize any money specifically for the president’s proposed border wall, nor does it address the issue of family-based, or "chain", migration or the diversity visa lottery, which are key aspects of the White House’s proposal for an immigration strategy.
McCain, in a statement, acknowledged that the plan was simply one to get the most time sensitive needs taken care of so that Congress can move on to addressing defense funding, a priority for the senator:
"It’s time we end the gridlock so we can quickly move on to completing a long-term budget agreement that provides our men and women in uniform the support they deserve."
The plan is almost identical to one in the House, the USA Act, which currently has 54 cosponsors, evenly split between Democrats and Republicans.
CNN reports that the White House is calling the proposal a "non-starter" before it is even released. If Congress were able to pass the plan and the president vetoed the legislation, they would have to secure a two-thirds vote of approval in both Houses of Congress to override that veto.
Despite signs from the White House, should the Senate advance the McCain-Coons immigration proposal? If both Houses approved the plan, do you think the president would veto it? Does it make sense to approach immigration in a multi-step process, or not?
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— Asha Sanaker
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The McCain proposal for resolving the DACA issue looks like a good compromise. We get a path to citizenship for DACA recipients, strengthen border security in an effective way, and do not attack the foundations of our immigration system. I support this bill.
This plan seems like a good starting point. The fact that 45 doesn’t like it speaks highly for it.
Any resolution that protects Dreamers, addresses LEGITIMATE security issues and doesn’t include wasting money on a wall...that would be eventually torn down due to its horrible symbolism, is fine. Do your job GOP and stop protecting the bullying of the WH.
All for giving dreamers citizenship but not for spending 25 billion dollars on a wall.
Support the McCain-Coons bill. There has to be a bill that breaks the ice and get the reasonable members to work together and solve problems. Put it on the President to accept or veto. This is a good compromise.
djt is destroying our country.
Pass a clean dreamers bill. Not one cent for worthless wall. Then figure out fair budget. By the way how is the Dow doing Trump.
Any DACA deal must have STRONG border security and a good immigration system.
I am a Republican in Houston Texas and I 100% support the the McCain Coons Bill on Immigration and Border Security so we can continue on in a bipartisan manner to pass a full funding bill to support our military and our Congressional budget.
McCain should have resigned a long time ago, you people are fooled thinking this is a compromise. Obviously those of you who like his "compromise", are liberal Democrats and progressives who want to keep the door open to anybody that wants to come in this country and run it in the ground. Part of a good compromise would be to stop chain migration unless you want to continue to see death and destruction in our country from illegal aliens who kill innocent people. There's so much wrong with what's going on currently!!!!
Please vote yes on this plan it takes care of the most pressing issue and is a great place to start. Reviewing the needs on the southern border instead of throwing money at it.
Does this have bipartisan support? Is this a step towards becoming a more responsible Congress? Will this go a long way towards preventing another damn shutdown? If the answers are all yes then move forward with this.
We need a clean bill put in place that provides a path to citizenship for both the young people who were brought to our country as children and their parents!
This is the worst of all of the proposals put forward so far. If such sweeping amnesty is going to be attempted, then ALL other immigration needs to cease for a minimum of 10 years. The border wall must be funded, and all “sanctuary cities” need to follow established federal immigration laws, including local, county, and state support for deportation actions by ICE.
Both the senate and the House need to pass something and put it on his desk. He needs to own the issue
The President needs to hold strong against the leftist and RINO Snowflakes in government. His offer of road to citizenship’s for 1.8 DACA recipients in exchange for the Wall, end to the Visa Lottery system, and chain migration is more than fair. Democrats will get their new simple minded voters they can live off and the rest of us will get REAL border security and sleep better at night.
Terrible bill, McCain needs to be voted out
If #45 hates it..it must be a good starting point..NO STUPID WALL!
No wall is good in my book Btw, anyone inform the orange puffy that the stock market took a dive? Worst since 2008 And it’s his fault
Let the president veto and then Congress can finally stand up and do the best thing for our country at this time. Go House and Senate!!!