GOP senators back Trump's immigration proposal

GOP senators back Trump's immigration proposal
© Greg Nash

Republican senators are coming out in support of the White House framework for immigration reform released Thursday.

A number of GOP senators released statements Thursday supporting the president's call for increased border security and a path for citizenship for nearly 2 million immigrants in the country illegally.

The White House announced Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE would support a 10-12 year path to citizenship for the country's 1.8 million immigrants who were protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program or were eligible for such protection. In addition, Trump wants $25 billion for a "border wall system" that could include fencing or other security measures on the border.


In response, several GOP senators quickly released statements praising Trump's proposed framework, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFormer Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad' 20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform Dem says marijuana banking bill will get House vote this spring MORE (R-Ky.).

"I want to thank President Trump and his administration for their work on this important issue. This framework builds upon the four pillars for reform that the president has consistently put forth, and indicates what is necessary for the president to sign a bill into law," McConnell said in his statement.

Similarly, immigration hawk Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonOvernight Defense: Senators show skepticism over Space Force | Navy drops charges against officers in deadly collision | Trump taps next Navy chief Senators show deep skepticism on Space Force proposal GOP senators introduce bill to reduce legal immigration  MORE (R-Ark.) praised the president's plan as "generous and humane" and Georgia Sen. David Perdue (R) called it "a good deal."

North Carolina Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisPro-life Christians are demanding pollution protections Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 Abrams: Schumer has been 'relentless but thoughtful' about Senate bid MORE (R) called the president's plan "realistic" and called on Congress to get it done.

"Congress needs to get this done for the good of our nation," he wrote.

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOn The Money: Inside the Mueller report | Cain undeterred in push for Fed seat | Analysis finds modest boost to economy from new NAFTA | White House says deal will give auto sector B boost The 7 most interesting nuggets from the Mueller report Government report says new NAFTA would have minimal impact on economy MORE (R-Iowa), who chairs the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, said Trump's plan accomplished both law enforcement and humanitarian goals.

"We all agree that Congress needs to act to address those who were brought here illegally through no fault of their own, but we also must make sure that other young people don’t find themselves in the same legal limbo in the future," he said. "President Trump’s framework accomplishes these goals and gives federal law enforcement the crucial authorities needed to target criminals."

Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordHow Republicans are battling judicial obstructionism today GOP gets used to saying 'no' to Trump GOP to go 'nuclear' with rules change for Trump nominations MORE (R-Okla.) said the White House's decision would provide "certainty" to families affected by the Trump administration's decision to end the DACA program last year.

“I applaud the White House for offering a solid framework for immigration reform that provides a responsible solution for DACA, border security, and other immigration issues," Lankford said. "This framework provides certainty for families, enacts common-sense reforms to nuclear family sponsorship policy, and protects our nation."

Not all GOP senators were on board with the proposal to extend a path to citizenship for DACA recipients, including immigration hard-liner Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzMichael Bennet declared cancer-free, paving way for possible 2020 run Booker, Harris have missed most Senate votes O'Rourke sweeps through Virginia looking to energize campaign MORE (R).

“I do not believe we should be granting a path to citizenship to anybody here illegally,” Cruz told reporters, according to Bloomberg. “Doing so is inconsistent with the promises we made to the men and women who elected us.”