McConnell: Cruz bill should get vote

Greg Nash

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellMcConnell dodges on whether Trump is qualified to be president Sunday shows preview: Next steps after Trump upheaval Gun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA MORE (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that Texas Republican Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzO'Malley gives Trump a nickname: 'Chicken Donald' Va. GOP delegate files lawsuit over bound convention votes Our most toxic export: American politick 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 CornynGun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA Senate to vote on two gun bills Senate Dems rip GOP on immigration ruling 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.

 

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