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Senate to start an open debate about immigration, but the result is still not fixed

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With a spending deal now, the Congress will begin efforts in this week’s bipartisan immigration reform happen to be completed, starting on Monday with a rare, open-ended debate in the Senate set to focus largely on the future of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants known as “dreamers.”

Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently vowed that, as long as the Federal government remains solvent, and openly, that he would allow such a debate and see that the proposals can get a floor vote-with-the-Dreamers ” temporary protection from deportation spout 5. March.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., optimism Sunday expressed that the Democratic and Republican senators could soon on the legislation, the President Trump in a law.

“I think we can make something happen this week,” he told NBC News “Meet the Press.” “We don’t have something in the Senate that we had in a while. It is a real debate on a topic.”

Despite this optimism, Flake allowed, that the Congress must at least something to protect the dreamer in front of your protection under Obama’s Deferred action for Childhood arrivals, or daca, program expires next month.

“But, if it does not reach to be a problem in the end, and we can, I think these dreamers need to be protected,” said Flake, who has already talked about an alternative or scaled-back-immigration-reform-plan is limited to border security funding and a three-year extension to DACA, which protects the almost 700,000 dreamers, brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Meanwhile, the possibility of immigration reform in the GOP-controlled house appears, perhaps, less likely.

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., also has sworn to hold to a stable, cross-party debate on the issue, but has suggested he would allow votes only on proposals that Trump would in a law.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi last week pushed the issue, especially the protection for dreamers – with an eight-hour floor speech, which is essentially Ryan called out, make you the same offer with the chamber of Democrats, McConnell made Senate Democrats.

“Bring everything to the floor,” the California Democrat said the next day.

Ryan seemed to be on the road to a showdown over immigration, with the house freedom Caucus, a conservative group, a hard-line push plan to reform.

The bill by Virginia Republican Bob Goodlatte, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, provides a legislative fix to DACA, border, security, funding, changes, the so-called “chain migration”, which allows to bring the people, the extended family in the country, and the amendment of a Federal immigration program lottery-based merit-based.

“The freedom Caucus in the middle of that,” group member and Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan told “Fox News Sunday.”

GOP leaders in Congress have proposed, the law would not have much chance of passing in the Senate, where Republicans would need the support of at least nine of the chamber’s Democrats to get at least 60 votes for passage.

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Still, the most influential voice in the debate on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue.

If the goal is to pass a legislative solution soon, trump remains a crucial and sometimes difficult-to-player.

Democrats and Republicans have said, you can’t Trump read ‘ s position on the most important points, which led, apparently, to minimize the that some at the urging of the White house, his role in the debate.

But Trump will be the ultimate support is crucial if the Congress is to be overcome in order to election-year pressure against the compromise. Not a deal crafted in the Senate is likely to see the light of day in the more conservative house, without the president’s blessing and promise, to sell, to compromise, to its base.

Trump has publicly stated that he wants to help the dreamer. He has even proposed a path to citizenship for as many as 1.8 million illegal immigrants, although in exchange for $25 billion for the proposed US-Mexico border wall, and significant curbs on legal immigration.

For Democrats, perhaps the most radio-active proposal to bar legal immigrants from sponsorship would live with their parents or siblings in the United States

McConnell, R-Ky., has scheduled a first procedural vote for Monday evening at the beginning of the debate. It is expected to succeed easily, and then the Senate will take days or weeks to sort through the proposals.

Sunday evening, a group of seven Republican senators, led by judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced they would propose legislation, through the mirroring of the frame, through the White house. The framework contains a end both for the diversity visa lottery, and an end to chain migration.

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Votes are also possible, a compromise of a small bipartisan group led by Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., would It be possible for the state to regulate citizenship for the hundreds of thousands of dreamers, $2.7 billion for border security, and some changes in the legal immigration.

And, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Chris Coons, D-Del., would offer legal status, but not necessarily citizenship and tougher border security without promising wall require money. But Trump rejected both proposals.

Underlines, how difficult it was for the legislature, an immigration compromise, about two dozen moderates from both parties have taken to looking for week-long common ground. So, the No. 2 democratic and GOP house and Senate leaders. Neither the group to come forward with an offer.

In January, Trump two dozen lawmakers from both parties invited to the White house, which was in a nearly hour-long immigration round of negotiations. He asked them to craft a “bill of love” and said he would sign it, a solution would send him.

At another White House session days later, he Durbin and Graham said he was offering the opposition to their cross-party. He used to describe a blasphemy, the African States, and said that he would rather have immigrants from Norway, comments, and, embittered, a lot of Democrats over Trump’s intentions.

Trump is a clamp-down on immigration has been a staple of his 2016 presidential campaign. As President, he has mixed expressions of sympathy for dreamers with rhetoric linking of immigration, crime and drugs.

Last September, he said he was ending DACA, had argued the former President Barack Obama lacked the legal authority to create DACA. Trump the Congress gave up to 5. March, to replace somehow, when a Federal court forced him to continue his protection.

The court has made a blunting of the deadline, the congressional action is even less likely. The legislature rarely take difficult votes without coercion mechanism, particularly in an election year. The prospect is raised that the Senate debate starting Monday would serve largely in the context of a larger battle over the issue in the election campaign.

Trump seemed to recognize it, to fix that in a tweet on Saturday: “the Republicans want to do DACA far more than the Democrats. The Dems had all three branches of government in 2008-2011, and they decided to do anything about DACA. You just want to use it as a campaign issue. Vote Republican!”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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