Trump warning of veto if bill 'doesn't advance' his immigration reforms: report

Trump warning of veto if bill 'doesn't advance' his immigration reforms: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpPaul Ryan defends Navy admiral after Trump's criticism Trump discussing visit overseas to troops following criticism: report Retired Army General: Trump is ‘acting like an 8th grader’ in attacking ex-Navy SEAL who led bin Laden operation MORE is reportedly warning he would consider a veto on an immigration bill that doesn't meet his framework.

A senior administration official told Axios that the president "will veto any bill that doesn't advance his common-sense immigration reforms."

"The White House has claimed the mainstream, middle ground on immigration," the administration official said.

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"By opposing the president’s framework, Democrats are making it clear that they care more about donors than Dreamers."

The official also told the news outlet that Republicans have Democrats "backed into a corner."

"Democratic leaders are now catering to the far-left activist wing of their base," the official said. "Democrats are selling out American workers for open borders ... [T]he White House is making it clear that the Republican Party is the party of American workers."

A senior Democratic official pushed back, telling Axios that the GOP "spin is laughably bad."

"[Trump] ended the [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] program. He would be deporting them. Who in their right mind would blame Democrats?" the Democratic official said.

The Senate's immigration debate seems to be hitting a wall before it even gets started.

On Tuesday, Democrats blocked Republicans from setting up votes, while GOP senators themselves outlined different approaches for how to build a compromise that could get 60 votes — the supermajority required to overcome a filibuster and clear legislation from the Senate.

Conservatives are trying to draw a hard line on the White House framework as the only game in town that Trump will sign.

“The president’s framework is not an opening bid in negotiations. It is a best and final offer,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) told reporters.

Trump's proposal would provide a path to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants brought into the country illegally as children in exchange for $25 billion in border security, but also includes more controversial changes to legal immigration and interior enforcement.

In a meeting with lawmakers last month, Trump called for a "bill of love" on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients and vowed to sign the bipartisan solution those lawmakers came up with.