McConnell: Cruz bill should get vote
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure MORE (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that Texas Republican Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave amid probe into social media posts Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week 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.

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 CornynLawmakers feel pressure on guns Kasich’s campaign website tones down gun language after Florida shooting Murphy: Trump’s support for background check bill shows gun politics ‘shifting rapidly’ 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.