Schumer, manufacturers group say infrastructure plan would crimp 'Buy America' efforts

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As proposed by the White House, the cuts to the family system and diversity lottery would be used to allow in the 4 million to 5 million immigrants already waiting years - and in some cases decades - in the backlog for visas. Democrats reject those proposals.

"There's no reason that reasonable people can't get behind this", said Sen. "And I've had to ask myself many times, what are you willing to swallow to give 1.8 million dreamers a path to citizenship".

But in the Capitol, Mr. McConnell and his Democratic counterpart, Senator Chuck Schumer of NY, were unable to come to terms on an agreement that would get the debate underway in earnest.

More than two dozen senators have been working on bipartisan legislation. They won't be able to see if the Trump plan fails first and then move to the pared-down bipartisan measure as a fallback.

Schumer's remarks come as the Senate is debating a series of amendments related to DACA, immigration reform and border security. The House never acted, killing the effort. "Republicans want to make a deal and Democrats say they want to make a deal", he wrote, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The program has shielded the immigrants from deportation.

The White House also has embraced a House GOP measure crafted by McCaul and Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte. Given that Republicans have a slim 51-vote majority, and are down one member, with Arizona GOP Sen. After all, Dreamers have been trotted out as hopeful Americans with "merit" and "skill", two core elements of the Trump administration's focus to encourage lower levels of immigration. But that claim has not held water as more DACA recipients have found themselves in the crosshairs of immigration enforcement operations, whether as collateral arrests or because they came into direct contact with officials.

Over 3400 civilians killed in 2017 in Afghanistan
Despite the decline in overall figures, Danielle Bell, UNAMA's human right director, said, "Much more needs to be done". This year, a wave of attacks by armed groups have killed almost 150 people in recent weeks.

Lawmakers today will begin tackling the thorny issue of immigration debate with an unusual, open debate in the Senate aimed at addressing the fate of young "Dreamer" immigrants as well as boosting border security.

The bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for roughly 1.8 million undocumented immigrants brought to the country as minors, but also includes some of Trump's demands, including a $25 billion allocation for his U.S. -Mexico border wall. In a meeting with reporters last week, Flake, who has been an outspoken voice within his own party for a moderate immigration solution, hedged his optimism about reaching a deal. "I'm a little confused as to what they believe in", Yanez said, adding that it's time for Democrats to get over Trump's election victory and work with him on important legislation, like immigration reform. Susan Collins, R-Maine, when the floor debate formally opened. "That means fixing broken parts of our legal immigration system", McConnell said.

The hazy Senate process is expected to include votes on a wide range of proposals, including a version of a framework released in January by the White House.

That promise has Democrats and other critics anxious that the House could block whatever the Senate is able to pass. Ryan addressed those critics last week, telling reporters that he plans to hold a vote on immigration.

Mark Walker, a North Carolina Republican, said anything that is more generous than the Goodlatte bill is going to face a tough road in the House.