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Trump Shoots Down McCain Amnesty Bill

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said on Tuesday that the House of Representatives will only consider an immigration reform bill that has President Donald Trump's support.

"We're not going to bring immigration legislation through that the president doesn't support... it's going to be a Trump on DACAbill that we support, that the president supports," Ryan said at a news conference reported by Reuters.

This appears to quash the plans of open borders advocates Senators John McCain and Chris Coons (D-DE) who introduced a plan Monday, says Joe Crow of NewsMax.

The McCain-Coons bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers — people brought to the U.S. as children by illegal immigrants — who have lived in the U.S. since Dec. 31, 2013, which would be a larger pool of undocumented immigrants than the 1.8 million that Trump supports legalizing, The Washington Post reported.

The bill does not address curbing family-based chain migration or any revisions to the diversity lottery program, which are two top priorities for President Donald Trump and conservative Republicans, The Post report said.

On Monday, Trump tweeted that the McCain – Coons plan will not fly because it doesn’t immediately authorize spending the billions needed to build new barriers along the border.

Any DACA deal that does not also include border security and the "desperately needed wall," would be a "total waste of time," Trump tweeted Monday thereby shooting down the McCain – Coons bill.

This puts the open borders crowd in Congress in a real bind.

The Washington Post’s Erica Werner and Ed O'Keefe report that White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly said Tuesday that President Trump is not expected to extend a March 5 “deadline” for when legal protection and work permits begin to expire for the so-called “dreamers.”

“I doubt very much” Trump would extend the program, Kelly told reporters during an impromptu interview at the U.S. Capitol report Werner and O’Keefe.

Kelly told reporters that he was “not so sure this president has the authority to extend it” because the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects roughly 690,000 illegal aliens was not based on law.

Werner and O’Keefe report that with talks struggling to progress across the Capitol, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), a lead GOP negotiator on immigration, left open the possibility of a short-term extension of DACA despite Trump’s potential objections.

“I hope we don’t end up there. But I’m not for ending up with no solution either,” Cornyn told reporters.

But Kelly said he would recommend against Trump accepting a short-term extension of the program legislative patch. “What makes them act is pressure,” he said of Congress.

Trump announced the end of DACA in September, giving lawmakers until early March to enact a permanent solution. Last month, Trump unveiled a four-part immigration plan and used his State of the Union address to endorse legalizing the status of 1.8 million dreamers — more than the actual number of young immigrants currently protected by DACA.

However, note Werner and O’Keefe, a federal court last month ordered the Department of Homeland Security to continue accepting applications for DACA, prompting some lawmakers to say that they would have more time to resolve the issue. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is appealing the court ruling, and unless higher courts rule on the legality of the program, DHS will be required to continue renewing DACA status for recipients.

On Tuesday, Trump stood fast against McCain – Coons tweeting:

Nearly 7 in 10 Americans support an immigration reform package that includes DACA, fully secures the border, ends chain migration & cancels the visa lottery. If D’s oppose this deal, they aren’t serious about DACA-they just want open borders.

Trump said in a separate tweet that “We need a 21st century MERIT-BASED immigration system” and added that current family-based legal immigration programs and the diversity visa lottery “are outdated programs that hurt our economic and national security.”

Ryan’s comments that the House would only take up a bill that President Trump supports puts to rest (at least for the moment) conservative concerns that the open-borders oriented Ryan might try to force through an amnesty bill. Kelly’s rejection of the idea of extending Obama’s unconstitutional DACA program and Trump’s rejection of the McCain – Coons plan puts the pressure back on the Republican Senate to pass a bill that meets the President’s four pillars: building the wall, ending chain migration, ending the visa lottery and finding a solution the legal status of those Obama attempted to protect through his unconstitutional DACA program.

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mccains amnesty bill

john mccain just flipped President Trump and the American citizens the biggest middle finger of all time.
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The open borders, give them all amnesty mccain along with a progressive democrat just proposed a so called immigration bill knowing that President Trump will not sign it.
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Amnesty with no border wall.
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Amnesty without ending chain migration.
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Amnesty without ending the visa lottery.
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Amnesty without controlling immigration in anyway.
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This is not an immigration bill it is a bill proposing to end America as we know it.

mccain

speaks for illegals and not americans. build the wall and come in legally. anythjing wrong with that?

illegals

If you are illegal, you are not an immigrant but a criminal. There should be NO consideration of amnesty. Deport them all and only accept people who follow the proper immigration channels. YES, we CAN deport millions.

McCain

John McCain has become an embarrassment to this nation.

peggyjsl

Amen!