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Dem senator: Trump 'spread falsehoods' about immigration bill

Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Del.) on Friday accused President Trump and administration officials of killing a bipartisan immigration reform bill by spreading misinformation.

"Why we can't get this done is clear: It was active lobbying by the president and the Department of Homeland Security that spread falsehoods and misleading statements against the compromise bill that two dozen of us worked very hard to get to the floor yesterday," Coons, who backed the centrist proposal, said on CNN's "New Day."

The centrist proposal, and other immigration bills, were all voted down in the Senate on Thursday, effectively throwing the fate of "Dreamers," young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, into limbo

The bill backed by Coons would have offered Dreamers a pathway to citizenship, while offering roughly $25 billion for Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. That bill got 54 votes in the Senate on Thursday - six short of the 60 it needed to pass.

The White House instead pushed for a more sweeping overhaul of the immigration system that would have done away with family-based immigration and the diversity visa lottery program. The White House said Trump would not sign any bill other than the one backed by the White House.

The Department of Homeland Security called the compromise bill "a mass amnesty for over 10 million illegal aliens," while Trump blasted it as a "catastrophe."

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