Coons withdraws amendment to stop deportations to unsafe areas

Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerManchin ‘very close’ on Gorsuch decision Poll: Most want Senate Dems to allow Gorsuch vote Senate seen as starting point for Trump’s infrastructure plan MORE (D-N.Y.), the lead sponsor of the bill, warned that Coons’s amendment was drafted too broadly. Schumer noted that much of Mexico, where more than 12,000 people were killed in drug-related violence last year, could be deemed unsafe under the proposed amendment.

Pro-immigrant advocates expressed dismay over the amendment stalling.

“It is a strong amendment that should not be controversial. I'm hopeful that Sens. Coons and [Jeff] Flake [R-Ariz.] will come back with a tweaked version that easily passes,” said Lynn Tramonte, deputy director of America’s Voice.

The committee also defeated by a vote of 11 to 7 an amendment sponsored by Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsSeattle sues Trump admin over sanctuary city ban Kushner meets with lawmakers about criminal justice reform: report Fiorina calls for special prosecutor for Russia probe MORE (R-Ala.) exempting Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano from having to issue policies governing use-of-force guidelines for Border Patrol officials.

The panel adopted by voice vote an amendment from Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinDem leaders give centrists space on Gorsuch Overnight Regulation: Trump repeals 'blacklisting' rule Dems delay Senate panel vote on Supreme Court nominee MORE (R-Calif.) requiring the DHS to set standards to ensure the humane treatment of children in the custody of Customs and Border Protection.