The Wall Street Journal: Trump takes hard line on immigration as Senate releases plan

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged senators to vote against any immigration proposal other than his own plan, courting a showdown with Republican and Democratic senators who oppose the White House’s desire to curb family-based migration and would like to cut a narrower deal.

A bipartisan plan released late Wednesday takes steps toward Trump’s goals, reflecting a new concession to the president by barring immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally from sponsoring their parents for citizenship. But the bipartisan plan, which also provides $25 billion for Trump’s proposed wall, falls short of meeting his demands. Voting could begin as soon as Thursday, forcing politically tough choices for both parties.

“We’re not there yet,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.), a main negotiator, about whether the bipartisan plan had enough votes to pass. “We still have to solidify our caucus and…there are people with serious issues over this compromise,” he said, listing both the restrictions on the parents and the border wall as Democratic concerns. “Some believe this is unacceptable.”

Trump’s stance amounted to a demand that the Senate significantly cut legal immigration as part of any legislation. The impasse threatened to derail bipartisan efforts to craft a compromise in the Senate, as lawmakers faced dwindling time left in the week allotted to pass a bill protecting hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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