In a Wednesday statement, President Donald Trump urged the Senate to pass comprehensive immigration legislation introduced this week by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R.-Iowa, contending that the bill’s passage would move the United States “toward the safe, modern and lawful immigration system our people deserve.”
“The Grassley bill accomplishes the four pillars of the White House Framework: a lasting solution on DACA, ending chain migration, cancelling the visa lottery, and securing the border through building the wall and closing legal loopholes,” Trump said.
“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 — that includes opposing any short-term ‘Band-Aid’ approach,” Trump said. “The overwhelming majority of American voters support a plan that fulfills the Framework’s four pillars, which moves us towards the safe, modern, and lawful immigration system our people deserve.”
Wednesday marks the second day of immigration debate in the Senate during which issues of border security, chain migration, the visa lottery program and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are expected to be addressed.
In hopes that the Senate might reach a consensus that could garner 60 votes and then be sent to the House, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R.-Ky., agreed to allow up-or-down votes on amendments from Democrats and Republicans.
“I’m ready to get started. This is the debate they said they wanted,” McConnell said on Tuesday.
Trump said Wednesday that he has been “encouraged” to see the House “moving toward advancing legislation from Chairmen [Bob] Goodlatte and [Michael] McCaul that also enshrines our four pillars.” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R.-Wis., has agreed to allow a floor vote on the Goodlatte/McCaul bill, which is called the “Securing America’s Future Act,” by the end of February.