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 TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE's framework as the Senate barrels toward a heated debate over the issue. 

Seven GOP senators, led by Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley calls for federal prosecutor to probe botched FBI Nassar investigation Woman allegedly abused by Nassar after he was reported to FBI: 'I should not be here' Democrat rips Justice for not appearing at US gymnastics hearing 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 CornynDemocrats up ante in risky debt ceiling fight Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Democrats make case to Senate parliamentarian for 8 million green cards MORE (Texas), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisGOP senators unveil bill designating Taliban as terrorist organization Without major changes, more Americans could be victims of online crime How to fix the semiconductor chip shortage (it's more than manufacturing) MORE (N.C.), David Perdue (Ga.), James LankfordJames Paul LankfordBen & Jerry's unveils new flavor in support of Cori Bush's public safety reform bill GOP senator: Buying Treasury bonds 'foolish' amid standoff over debt ceiling, taxes Florida senator seeks probe of Ben & Jerry's halting sales in Israeli settlements MORE (Okla.), Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonProgressive foreign policy should not be pro-autocracy Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE (Ark.) and Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstGOP senators unveil bill designating Taliban as terrorist organization More Republicans call on Biden to designate Taliban as terrorist group Top Republican: General told senators he opposed Afghanistan withdrawal 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 RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms 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.