Will Congress have an immigration breakthrough or breakdown?

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The Senate on Monday voted 97 to 1 to begin an immigration debate in an effort to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program into law before the program expires on March 5 - the arbitrary end date President Donald Trump placed on DACA.

"We have other things to do", McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, told reporters Tuesday.

"Look, this is an issue we've been talking about literally for years", McConnell told reporters.

To prevail, any plan will need 60 votes, meaning substantial support from both parties is mandatory.

While the discussion at the McConnell Center was filled primarily with pleasantries - Schumer called the Kentucky Republican his "friend" numerous times - the minority leader also acknowledged that the Senate faces a complicated week, including the immigration issue.

On Monday night, the chamber voted 97-1 to use an unrelated bill as a "shell" to ultimately build an immigration proposal.

But as of Tuesday afternoon the Senate had not yet voted to move to the legislation. "Chain migration and the visa lottery are outdated programs that hurt our economic and national security", he said on Twitter last week. Lindsey Graham opposing the cuts to legal migration and Sen.

No agreement was reached before the Senate recessed for lunch.

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But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer signaled he was not on board with McConnell's plea for Democrats to start offering amendments that would each receive a fair shake on the floor.

But their amnesty announcement came so late in the Senate's immigration debate that Trump has already announced his support for the bill drafted by Sen. "The time for political posturing is behind us", Mr. McConnell said on Monday.

The U.S. Senate begins debate this week on a topic Congress has left unaddressed for decades: immigration reform.

Sens. Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) were part of the group that sent the first bipartisan immigration measure to the president for his review last month. Chuck Grassley, would give a path to citizenship for people who either received DACA benefits or were eligible but did not sign up for the program.

"I see this as an opportunity for these individuals who have literally grown up in our country to be able to be full participants in our country", Republican Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma said. Most Americans do not suffer from Trump hatred and the White House proposal will sound reasonable to a majority of Americans. This would provide them a pathway to citizenship in up to 13 years.

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.

The hardest sell for Democratic lawmakers and immigration advocates has been Trump's insistence on limiting the types of family members that US citizens and permanent residents can help resettle in the USA, and what happens to those who already have applied.

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