Still no respite for the DACA Dreamers as the US Senate failed to pass any of four proposals on immigration that were brought forward (including the bill proposed by Republicans and Democrats that included protections for young immigrants brought to the US illegally).
Bipartisan support fell as President Donald Trump called the Schumer-Rounds-Collins immigration a "total catastrophe" and therefore threatened to veto it.
President Trump has famously given Congress a six-month window to find a pathway for citizenship for the 1.8m people affected, whereas the Senate Majority Leader, Mr Mitch McConnell imposed a deadline on his chamber to pass an immigration bill by the end of this week, with still no end in sight.
President Trump tweeted that: “The Schumer-Rounds-Collins immigration bill would be a total catastrophe. @DHSgov says it would be “the end of immigration enforcement in America.” It creates a giant amnesty (including for dangerous criminals), doesn’t build the wall, expands chain migration, keeps the visa lottery, continues deadly catch-and-release, and bars enforcement even for FUTURE illegal immigrants.“
“Voting for this amendment would be a vote AGAINST law enforcement, and a vote FOR open borders. If Dems are actually serious about DACA, they should support the Grassley bill!”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">…lottery, continues deadly catch-and-release, and bars enforcement even for FUTURE illegal immigrants. Voting for this amendment would be a vote AGAINST law enforcement, and a vote FOR open borders. If Dems are actually serious about DACA, they should support the Grassley bill!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/964219299211735040?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 15, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The White House administration also spoke out against the bill, proposed by the Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine, claiming it would certainly weaken enforcement of current law and encourage more illegal immigration.
Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders stated that: "This amendment would drastically change our national immigration policy for the worse by weakening border security and undercutting existing immigration law."