Trump seeks to rally GOP consensus on (likely doomed) immigration plan

Posted Thursday, 16 May 2019 ‐ CNN

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump will announce a broad plan to reform border security and legal immigration during a speech on Thursday afternoon, but the proposal faces an uphill battle for consensus even among the Republican Party's own ranks. And Democrats are sure to oppose it as it fails to address key issues.There hasn't been clear buy-in from Republicans on Capitol Hill on the plan spearheaded by Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, and even within the White House, there are divisions over how to approach immigration policy, though one administration official disputes that.A senior Republican familiar with internal and external White House discussions told CNN that while some at the White House, such as Trump's immigration adviser, Stephen Miller, want to focus the West Wing's efforts mostly on border security issues, others, such as Kushner, say they are willing have a broader approach. This broader approach is likely to eventually include using the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to strike a deal with Democrats, the source said. Trump's Thursday event will serve as yet another opportunity to press his case for the building of his long-sought US-Mexico border wall and allow him to rally his base with the hardline rhetoric against illegal immigration that has marked his campaign trail speeches.The senior Republican source also questioned how conservatives will convince Democrats, who control of the House of Representatives, to come to the negotiation table. On Capitol Hill, not even all Republican lawmakers have publicly indicated that they're on board, with some fine-tuning their own immigration legislation.When Kushner briefed Senate Republicans on the plan, participants said they were "underwhelmed."On Wednesday, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced legislation that would, in part, change the asylum process, noting that "the White House's plan is not designed to become law."But the White House is selling the plan as one that addresses border security and moves toward a merit-based immigration system, which gives preference to highly skilled and educated individuals.It is short of concrete details and omits discussion of the DACA program, which Democrats have repeatedly said they want resolved. Though Republicans have expressed interest in pursuing a path to citizenship for DACA recipients, a senior administration official said the White House is not addressing the topic because it "is still divisive with Republicans."Officials said the principles of Kushner's proposal, if implemented, would shift away from a majority of individuals coming into the US based on family ties to having a majority coming in based on skill and employment. The total number of immigrants admitted into the United States, the officials said, would remain the same. The plan would also implement a point-based system for visas, which would take into account age, English proficiency, offers of employment and educational/vocational certifications. The plan would also create a new visa which would permit some foreign students to obtain a visa which allows them to immediately transition into the American workforce, instead of having them obtain a worker visa following graduation. CNN's Priscilla Alvarez contributed to this report.

Other articles published by CNN

Posted Friday, 24 May 2019 ‐ CNN

Washington (CNN)Energy Secretary Rick Perry has been a near-ghost in Washington, adhering almost too well to the first rule of working for President Donald Trump — never overshadow the boss. Perry generates so few headlines that it's easy to forget the ...

Posted Friday, 24 May 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)It's one of the biggest indie rock songs of all time -- and for 20 years British band The Verve didn't make a cent off "Bitter Sweet Symphony."But lead singer Richard Ashcroft will finally get royalties for the track after a long-running copyright...

Posted Friday, 24 May 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)A 102-year-old woman is under suspicion of the murder of her 92-year-old neighbor in a residential care home in Chézy-sur-Marne, northern France.A carer found the "lifeless" 92-year-old woman in her room shortly after midnight Saturday morning and...

Posted Friday, 24 May 2019 ‐ CNN

London (CNN)After months of speculation, attempts to oust her and parliamentary defeats, the fate of Theresa May is finally sealed. But although there is clarity about her political career -- now she has announced she will resign on June 7 and set the...

Posted Friday, 24 May 2019 ‐ CNN

Washington (CNN)An attorney for Navy SEAL chief Edward "Eddie" Gallagher also represents the Trump Organization, CNN has learned, just days after reports surfaced indicating the President is considering pardoning Gallagher of charges that could...

Posted Friday, 24 May 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)A wildfire has shut down a portion of Interstate 95 in northern Florida, snarling traffic on a major US highway as the busy Memorial Day weekend begins. The Yellow Bluff Fire has scorched 450 acres and is 30% contained, the Florida Forest Service's...

Posted Friday, 24 May 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)He won the World Cup as a player, but could Gianluigi Buffon be ready to take on the challenge of winning football's biggest prize as a manager?The 41-year-old Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper is yet to make a call over whether he will continue...

Posted Friday, 24 May 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)Hundreds of thousands of school students around the world walked out of class on Friday to urge their governments to take greater action in slashing greenhouse gas emissions. Climate protests are planned in more than 1600 towns in over 125 countries ...

Posted Friday, 24 May 2019 ‐ CNN

CNN national security analyst John Kirby, a retired rear admiral in the US Navy, was a spokesman for both the State and Defense Departments in the Obama administration. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion articles...

Posted Friday, 24 May 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)There's a major shake-up this morning on the world stage. Let's get right to that and what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. ...

Posted Friday, 24 May 2019 ‐ CNN

Luke McGee is a senior producer at CNN based in London.London (CNN)Brexit has destroyed another British Prime Minister.Three years after voters in the UK mandated their government to take Britain out of the European Union, Theresa May's failure to do so...

Posted Friday, 24 May 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)While "Medicare for all" quickly became one of the top policy issues of the 2020 race for the Democratic presidential nomination, polling doesn't show a clear preference for a government-run health care program over the current system.Many Americans ...

Posted Friday, 24 May 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)"One man's food is another man's poison." - Lucretius (99-55 B.C.)Most people have this basic understanding of genetics: You inherit genes from your parents, and their DNA combines to create your unique genetic makeup. This can include more obvious ...

Posted Friday, 24 May 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)England's rugby sevens players have a secret weapon, but to find it they have to dig deep.It lies at the end of a grueling fitness regime which involves recreating the state of utter exhaustion the body experiences in the "death zone," a term used...

Posted Friday, 24 May 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)Among the heavily trafficked streets of Atlanta, a massive urban food forest is growing to provide fresh produce for the public. But what exactly is a food forest?In the fight against food deserts -- low income areas that lack access to fresh, whole ...