WASHINGTON — The Latest on efforts to reach a deal on immigration in Congress (all times local):
President Donald Trump is calling on Senate Republicans to bring his immigration framework to a vote.
Trump plans to urge lawmakers at a GOP retreat in West Virginia to back his plan for a pathway to citizenship for nearly 2 million young immigrants, in exchange for $25 billion for his border wall and major restrictions in legal immigration.
That’s according to excerpts of his remarks released by the White House.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll hold a vote on immigration as soon as next week, but it’s unclear which legislation would make it to the floor.
President Donald Trump’s State of the Union offer of a “down-the-middle compromise” on immigration did nothing to move Republicans and Democrats closer to a deal, as Democrats accused the president of lacing his speech with racially charged remarks and Republicans dug in on their demands.
The reaction to Trump’s high-profile overture suggested both parties were settling into a protracted tug-of-war. The standoff leaves serious doubt whether the two parties can reach an election-year deal to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation, sharpen border security and take other steps to curb immigration.
The two parties have not even settled on a deadline for an agreement — a bad sign in an institution that rarely acts unless under pressure.
Trump complained early Thursday on Twitter that “the Democrats are doing nothing about” immigration.