BILL MUST "FULFILL THE FOUR PILLARS" - WHICH INCLUDES CITIZENSHIP FOR "DREAMers
President Trump on Wednesday called on lawmakers to oppose a series of bipartisan efforts to address immigration and resolve the fate of the so-called “Dreamers,” demanding fealty to his hard-line proposal even as more moderate senators converged on a narrower approach.
Senators in both parties are racing against a self-imposed, end-of-the-week deadline to write legislation that could win broad support by increasing border security while at the same time offering a path to citizenship for immigrants brought to the United States as children.
Members of a bipartisan group calling itself the Common Sense Coalition said they have reached a deal to do just that on Wednesday, but it is not clear whether their bill could garner the 60 votes necessary to break a filibuster. The measure would include $25 billion for the president’s proposed wall at the Mexican border and offer a path to citizenship for 1.8 million of the young immigrants, but would preclude their parents from becoming citizens.
The deal could set up a clash between a large and diverse group of senators from both parties against President Trump and the Republican congressional leadership.
In a morning statement, Mr. Trump urged senators to oppose any bill that did not also embrace the “four pillars” of his immigration approach, which includes a rewrite of the nation’s immigration laws that would close the country’s borders to many immigrants trying to come to the United States legally.
“I am asking all senators, in both parties, to support the Grassley bill and to oppose any legislation that fails to fulfill these four pillars,” Mr. Trump said in the statement, referring to the measure’s chief sponsor, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa.
Mr. Trump said in the statement that lawmakers should support Mr. Grassley’s immigration legislation to codify his own plan. The bill would provide a path to citizenship for 1.8 million young immigrants, end the visa lottery program, build a border wall and end what he calls “chain migration,” which is family-based immigration.
“The overwhelming majority of American voters support a plan that fulfills the Framework’s four pillars, which move us towards the safe, modern, and lawful immigration system our people deserve,” Mr. Trump said.
The first "pillar" of Trump's immigration plan is a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million illegals, and he's urging congress to reject any bill that does not include a pathway to citizenship. Fuck. This. Shit.