US Senate May Have Another Shot At Migration As Deadline For Spending Bill Looms
The US Senate is bracing for possibly another heated debate on immigration as President Trumps seeks to limit legal immigration and fate of tens of thousands of children brought illegally to the country hangs in balance amid prospects of being deported.
The previous debate on immigration was deadlocked after Republican Senators from Trump’s party and the Democrats failed to reach a deal to revive the Deferred Action for Children program or DACA, that President Trump said would end in March, opening prospects for the deportation of these children.
President Trump wants a deal from Senate that will allow spending of $25 billion on a border wall that he wants to build to prevent illegal cross over from Mexico in return for approving a deal for DACA recipient.
As part of the deal, President Trump also wants to tighten the noose around the legal immigration that has been opposed by Democrats and even moderate Republicans. The compromise would enable to define a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million young immigrants under DACA program.
The debate is likely to revive ahead of the next and presumably final deadline to avoid another government shutdown on March 23 as Senate must pass about $1.3 trillion spending billion for the government, which has become host to the immigration debate.
Republicans think they can wait out Democrats to get a deal, hoping the Supreme Court to overrule ruling by lower courts, which have temporary halted Trump’s decision to end DACA on March 5.
Media reports said that White House officials and some Republicans believe that waiting for court decision would give them an advantage over Democrats by forcing them to accept Trump’s DACA demand or face a criticism from the public that could impact the mid-term congressional elections due in November this year.
A second court this week gave a ruling against President Trump’s plan to end DACA, following a similar decision by another court on January 9 which said that DACA must remain in place in the background of legal challenges to the decision. The Supreme Court is due to consider whether to take up the appeal of the Trump administration’s appeal to overturn the lower courts’ ruling,