WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on efforts to come up with immigration legislation (all times local):
The White House will be releasing a legislative framework on immigration Monday.
That’s according to White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Sanders won’t say whether that framework will include a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought to the country as children and living here illegally.
But she says that it will include specifics on border security and limiting immigrants from sponsoring family members, among other measures,
She says the White House will encourage the Senate to bring the proposal “to the floor.”
She adds that: “The president wants to lead on this issue.”
Senators from both parties have started a fresh search for compromise immigration legislation, but leaders concede that the effort won’t be easy and are already casting blame should the effort falter.
Around three dozen senators, evenly divided among Republicans and Democrats, planned to meet late Wednesday. No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas said he hoped it would “get people thinking about a framework that might actually work.”
Their goal is to produce a bipartisan package to protect young immigrants known as “Dreamers” from deportation and to provide billions to toughen border security.