The Senate is preparing to vote on immigration reform

The Senate is preparing to vote on immigration reform


Сенат готовится к голосованию по иммиграционной реформе

The administration sharply criticized the bipartisan proposal, which was considered the most promising

In the Senate debate continues on the issue of immigration, the prospects for which are becoming vague: on Thursday, senators will vote on several competing proposals about how to change the immigration system in the United States.

When the Senate began discussion of the reform, the administration trump has spoken out strongly against the bipartisan bill, which was thought to have the greatest chance of being accepted.

On Wednesday evening, 16 senators introduced a compromise plan that includes a path to citizenship for immigrants illegally brought into the country by parents, increase funding for border security at $ 25 billion and the focus of the immigration authorities on criminals, threats to national security and those who illegally enter the country since July.

Thursday morning, the Department of homeland security has subjected to criticism the offer, calling it “the end of monitoring compliance with immigration law in America,” and adding that it “will only attract millions more illegal immigrants, not providing a way to deport them”.

The statement provoked an angry reaction from the Senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham, who supports the bipartisan plan.

“It seems that the Department of homeland security is behaving rather than as a partner but as the enemy, – said in a statement Graham released on Capitol hill. Instead of giving comments or advice or even constructive criticism, they act more as a political organization, whose purpose is to poison the well.”

President trump advocated a major reform, which will limit the ability of immigration on family principles and will provide preference to immigrants with high professional qualifications.

The embodiment of the immigration agenda trump was the bill that Republicans introduced earlier this week. The Democrats have made a counter-proposal that combines support for young immigrants and a limited number of measures to strengthen the protection of borders.

As expected, neither of these two bills will not gain the three-fifths votes needed for adoption by the Senate, and conservative Republicans, as the administration criticized the bipartisan proposal, calling him the de facto Amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants already in the United States, and for those who will arrive in the coming months.

“The race is on, – said the Senator from Oklahoma, James Lankford. – If you have time to get into the country and cross the border until June 30 of this year, you get Amnesty. This extends to absolutely everyone who is in the country illegally”.

Democrats, meanwhile, accuse trump in that it prevents the adoption of a bipartisan plan.

“President trump… prevented the adoption of all proposals that have a chance at becoming law, said Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer. Now he seems determined to kill another inter-party compromise – perhaps using the right of veto. Why? Because it’s not 100 percent the same as what the President wants on immigration”.

Schumer added: “Democracy doesn’t work. In a democracy it is impossible to get 100 percent desired. Maybe in a dictatorship is possible,” he added.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell supported the request of the President on major changes in the immigration law.

“The issue of DACA (deferred action Program for immigrant children) is a symptom of imperfections in our immigration system, he said. The President has made clear, and I agree with him that any legislation must also address the root causes of the problem and make reform in the field of legal immigration. It must also include reasonable measures to ensure the safety of American citizens.”

Last year, trump has canceled Obama introduced DACA program that allowed young immigrants to work and study in the United States, and requested the lawmakers six months to craft a permanent solution to the problem.

Action DACA will end on March 5, and even though two courts ruled the postponement, most likely, the participants of the program will be under the threat of deportation, if Congress does not take action.