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US Senate rejects Trump immigration plan

Senators from the so-called “Common Sense Coalition” working on immigration were unable to get their plan passed © GETTY/AFP / ALEX WONG

WASHINGTON, Feb 16 – The US Senate on Thursday soundly voted down President Donald Trump’s immigration proposal, leaving Congress with no viable plan for shielding “Dreamer” immigrants from deportation once their protections expire beginning March 5.

At least 14 Republicans joined most Democrats in opposing the measure, which crashed to defeat 39 to 60 despite the president warning he would veto any plan that did not meet his criteria, which included major curbs on legal immigration in addition to border security and protections for Dreamers.

Minutes earlier the Senate rejected a bipartisan proposal that would have put 18 million immigrants brought to the country illegally as children on a path to citizenship and funded border security upgrades, but which made only slight changes to legal immigration policy.


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