GOP senators to introduce immigration plan mirroring Trump framework

GOP senators to introduce immigration plan mirroring Trump framework
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A group of GOP senators are preparing to introduce an immigration plan that lines up with President TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president MORE's framework as the Senate barrels toward a heated debate over the issue. 

Seven GOP senators, led by Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyWife of 'Glow' director writes 'Stop Kavanaugh' on her arm for Emmy Awards Grassley agrees to second Kavanaugh hearing after GOP members revolt Murkowski echoes calls for Kavanaugh, accuser to testify MORE (R-Iowa), will file the bill, known as the Secure and Succeed Act, on Monday.

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"Our proposal is supported by the President, who’s come a long way to reach a compromise. This is the only Senate proposal that has any chance of passing the House and being signed into law," Grassley said in a statement. 

The legislation mirrors Trump's framework by offering a path to citizenship for roughly 1.8 million immigrants brought into the country as children illegally in exchange for $25 billion in border security.

It would also place new limits on family-based immigration, a key point for conservatives but considered a nonstarter for many Democrats.

And it would toughen interior enforcement, including implementing E-Verify, strengthening penalties for immigrants who re-enter the country illegally after being deported and cracking down on visa overstays.

In addition to Grassley, the proposal is backed by GOP Sens. John CornynJohn CornynKavanaugh, accuser to testify publicly on Monday Kavanaugh furor intensifies as calls for new testimony grow Grassley: Kavanaugh accuser 'deserves to be heard' in 'appropriate' manner MORE (Texas), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisNorth Carolina governor: We saw ‘significant damage’ in eastern part of state GOP senator on allegation against Kavanaugh: 'Why on Earth' wasn't it discussed earlier? North Carolina senator: Damage from Florence 'in the billions of dollars' MORE (N.C.), David Perdue (Ga.), James LankfordJames Paul LankfordOutdated global postal system hurts US manufacturers Tech mobilizes to boost election security State Department unit created to fight foreign election interference still waiting on funding: report MORE (Okla.), Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonGOP senators condemn 'vulgar' messages directed at Collins over Kavanaugh GOP turns its fire on Google Overnight Defense: Trump denies report he's looking at Mattis replacements | Inhofe officially gets Armed Services gavel | Trump revives shutdown threat MORE (Ark.) and Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstGOP senator divorcing from husband GOP senators introduce bill to preserve ObamaCare's pre-existing conditions protections Pence: Trump’s national security will be as 'dominant' in space as it is on Earth MORE (Iowa). 

The plan is one of several that senators are expected to put forward as the chamber searches for a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that can get the 60 votes it needs to pass. 

GOP senators argued on Sunday night their plan is the only one the president supports — a requirement, according to Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPelosi calls on Ryan to bring long-term Violence Against Women Act to floor Juan Williams: America warms up to socialism Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker MORE (R-Wis.), for any bill to be taken up in that chamber. 

But the conservative proposal is expected to fall short of the needed 60 votes in the Senate, with senators in both parties predicting Trump's framework can't get the support to break a filibuster. 

Trump kicked the immigration fight to Congress last year when he announced that he was ending the DACA program, which allows qualified immigrants brought into the country illegally as children to work and go to school without fear of deportation.

Under his decision, Congress has until March 5 to find a fix, but the Senate is expected to start its work on the issue Monday evening.