Colorado senators pitch immigration compromise

Colorado senators pitch immigration compromise
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Colorado Sens. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenators urge DOJ to probe whether Russians posed as Islamic extremist hackers to harass US military families GOP moderates hint at smooth confirmation ahead for Kavanaugh Overnight Defense: VA pick breezes through confirmation hearing | House votes to move on defense bill negotiations | Senate bill would set 'stringent' oversight on North Korea talks MORE (R) and Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetHarley stunner spikes tension with Trump over trade policy Races to watch in Tuesday’s primaries Democrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor MORE (D) are pitching a bipartisan immigration compromise that includes a path to citizenship and money for President TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE's border wall. 

The two senators filed an amendment on Wednesday as senators try to break a stalemate that is slowing the Senate's immigration debate. 
 
The plan would provide a pathway to citizenship for "Dreamers" — undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children. It would also appropriate $25 billion in border security funding, including money for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. 
 
"This legislation addresses [the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program] and border security, and we are urging members on both sides of the aisle that want a solution to support our bipartisan approach to addressing our flawed immigration system," Gardner said in a statement. 
 
Bennet added that the proposal is "the result of each side accepting some things they don't fully agree with."
 
The amendment would also boost the number of immigration judges and includes voluntary E-Verify, a program used by employers to check an individual's immigration status. 
 
The Department of Homeland Security slammed the proposal almost immediately, calling it the "Schumer bill."
 
“Gardner-Bennett bill, AKA the Schumer bill, violates the framework, would legalize unlimited numbers through chain migration, and leaves deadly loopholes intact," said Katie Waldman, a DHS spokeswoman. 
 
The plan is the latest bipartisan measure to come forward as Republican leaders look to wrap up the Senate's debate this week. 
 
Members of a bipartisan group led by Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 MORE (R-Maine) are also expected to unveil their agreement on Wednesday. Bennet and Gardner have both been a part of those negotiations. 
 
Members of the group were tight-lipped leaving a Wednesday meeting about what their plan entailed, but Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump stuns the world at Putin summit Overnight Defense: Washington reeling from Trump, Putin press conference Ryan: 'The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally' MORE (R-S.C.) said it would only deal with a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and border security. 
 
It's unclear if a narrower approach can pass the Senate, while House conservatives have warned its dead on arrival in their chamber. 
 
President Trump formally threw his support behind a conservative bill, spearheaded by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenate GOP poised to break record on Trump's court picks This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Kavanaugh paper chase heats up MORE (R-Iowa) on Wednesday
 
That measure largely mirrors the White House framework, including a path to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, $25 billion in border security, tougher interior enforcement and new limits on legal immigration. 
 
But it's not expected to be able to win over 60 votes, despite the president's support.