McConnell: Cruz bill should get vote
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPolitical figures pay tribute to Charles Krauthammer Charles Krauthammer dies at the age of 68 Overnight Energy: EPA declines to write new rule for toxic spills | Senate blocks move to stop Obama water rule | EPA bought 'tactical' pants and polos MORE (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that Texas Republican Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Immigration drama grips Washington Senate Gang of Four to meet next week on immigration Live coverage: High drama as hardline immigration bill fails, compromise vote delayed MORE's proposal to reverse the administration's policy on deportations should get a vote.

Cruz has introduced a bill to undo President Obama's 2012 executive action to delay deportations of immigrants who arrived to the U.S. as children. The program, known as Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) stalls the deportations of certain children who illegally immigrated to the U.S. as minors before 2007.

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Cruz has pressed to have his proposal linked to the emergency funding package to address the influx of child migrants crossing the border.

McConnell did not endorse Cruz's measure, but indicated senators should still vote on it if they consider a package to provide funds for the border.

“Well, if we bring up a bill… it should be open to amendments,” McConnell said.

Senate Minority Whip John CornynJohn CornynSenate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump GOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border Senate GOP tries to defuse Trump border crisis MORE (R-Texas), who has introduced a measure with Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) to amend a 2008 trafficking law so that child migrants can be sent back to their home countries faster, was pessimistic about the odds for an emergency funding package for the border. 

“Unfortunately, it looks like we're on track to do absolutely nothing,” Cornyn said.