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Senate leaders McConnell and Schumer share stage in Kentucky

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"This is going to be done or not done this week", No 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas told reporters.

As the Senate voted 97-1 on Monday to move past the first procedural hurdle in the way of an immigration debate on the Senate floor, Republican Senators made clear they were not interested in a lengthy debate on DACA, as they pressed Democrats to simply accept a plan offered by President Donald Trump on illegal immigrant Dreamers, arguing no other measure would get through the U.S. House and garner the President's support.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday officially backed an immigration reform proposal put forward by a number of Senate immigration hawks, including Sen.

The Hispanic Federation was one of 250 groups to sign a letter on Tuesday urging Congress to reject any immigration bill that includes "nativist" demands. They had received temporary protection from deportation and permission to legally work under President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Trump has proposed an extremely generous program that would legalize 1.8 million of the DREAMers, put them on a path to citizenship, and clear a backlog of up to 5 million potential immigrants now awaiting visas.

McConnell indicated it is the only legislation that can get through the Senate and House and win the president's signature.

"Their protection should not be contingent on dramatic changes to our immigration system", Bennet said.

"It's not going to be as easy here in the House as it may be in the Senate", said Representative Doug Collins, a Georgia Republican. It also wants to end the visa lottery programme and curtail family-based immigration, while promoting merit-based immigration.

"We have other things to do", McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, told reporters Tuesday. It starts with $25 billion for increased border security, and includes everything else - and more - pushed by the President.

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Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell will become Jamaica's first female Winter Olympians next week. Kiriasis said: "I've never known such disappointment in this sport, in my life".

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He had denied the allegations and alleged that he "was the victim of repeated physical violence" during his marriage. Soon after that, the agency received a request for a follow-up inquiry, and it provided that information in November.

"It will be an opportunity for a thousand flowers to bloom", Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said about the process.

"Anytime you have the majority leader's support, that helps the legislation", said Cotton. "We've identified three priorities for creating a safe, modern and lawful immigration system: securing the border, ending chain migration, and canceling the awful visa lottery". Dick Durbin, D-Ill., right, walk outside the chamber during debate in the Senate on immigration, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

Graham said the parents of the Dreamers, also in the country illegally, would get no such safeguards, a concession to the White House.

Democrats say they are open to a smaller deal, legal status for DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers and beefing up US borders.

The March 5 deadline, which Trump created previous year when he set the deadline and said Congress needed to pass legislation before then to restore protection for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, was also in question Tuesday, as New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman won a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York blocking Trump's order to end DACA on that date.

Americans "know this president not only created the problem, but seems to be against every solution that might pass because it isn't 100 percent of what he wants", top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said.

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. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has not committed to any legislative outline, saying only that he would said back a bill that would earn Trump's support.

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