Monday, February 12, 2018

McConnell’s immigration gamble: US Senate to Debate Immigration Reform

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Seung Min Kim and Burgess Everett on Politico report that Senator Mitch McConnell is taking the reins of an immigration debate that may prompt a fix for “Dreamers” — or quickly spiral out of control.

Usually careful with his every move, the Senate majority leader is taking a gamble this week with his pledge for a free-for-all debate over the fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants.

No one knows the GOP leader’s endgame, nor how he personally prefers the stalemate over Dreamers be resolved. It’s highly unusual for a Senate majority leader, particularly one as calculating as McConnell, to bring a divisive issue to the floor with no clearly intended result in sight.

Even his top lieutenants aren’t sure whether McConnell would ultimately support a final immigration deal that can clinch the 60 votes needed to clear the Senate.

As of now, many young immigrants and their families are in legal limbo.

KJ

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2018/02/mcconnells-immigration-gamble-us-senate-to-debate-immigrtaion-reform.html

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