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Opinion | Immigration reform outlined at SOTU

John Kasich, the governor of OH and a former rival of Trump's for the presidential nomination, called it "a disservice to our country".

The reaction to Trump's high-profile overture suggested both parties were settling into a protracted tug-of-war.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also assured Democrats that there would be a negotiation for an immigration deal within that time period and put a bill on the floor for a vote, according to Vox. "We never are. It's not going to change now".

More disturbing was the willingness of Republicans in the chamber to cheer for Trump even when he voiced ideas they opposed.

Just two days after issuing a call for bipartisanship, President Donald Trump returned Thursday to needling Democrats and turned to the prospect of bouncing them from office in the 2018 election. "They Resist, Blame, Complain and Obstruct - and do nothing", he tweeted Thursday. Last month, there was a three-day government shutdown from lack of funding that came as a result of a fight over federal funding between Republicans and Democrats.

Many Democrats have slammed Trump's framework.

Investigators asked the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court for permission to monitor Page as part of the wider probe into alleged Russian meddling in the election and potential collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia.

It's clearly rough out there for Republicans in the House of Representatives, but what may be less obvious is how that provides a prime opportunity for progressives who want to push Democrats to the left.

Whether the lack of progress signalled the possibility of another federal government shutdown next week was unclear, but it anxious the Dreamers, young people who were brought illegally into the United States as children. Trump said previous year he was ending the program, claiming executive overreach by President Barack Obama, but gave Congress until March 5 to enshrine it into law.

While the president said he supports legal status for the immigrants, he wants to close off sponsorship of immigrant parents and siblings by all USA citizens, a bedrock of immigration policy that Democrats want to maintain.

- John Cornyn: The No. 2 Senate Republican, from Texas, has the voting record of an immigration hard-liner and the demeanor of a sympathetic dealmaker. "But they will be responsible for it".

"If Trump extends DACA, he'd be undermining the reason he gave for rescinding it", said Leon Fresco, former top immigration aide to Sen. As a concession, Trump offered a path to citizenship to some 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors, through no fault of their own. That's enraged GOP conservatives.

"It feels like it's bottomed out and we're coming back up", said Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., a former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Trump announced in September that he would end that system in six months, a promise that will ripen on March 5 - creating a deadline that the White House is using as leverage to get its other priorities passed into law.

Mueller is also examining whether Trump has obstructed justice in trying to thwart the Russian Federation investigation. A visa lottery for people from diverse countries would end, with its visas redistributed to other programs to slowly reduce their backlogs.

Dent argued he thought leadership's first responsibility was to members running in tough midterm races and that any immigration bill should be aimed to help moderates hold onto competitive seats in diverse, suburban districts.

Among the beneficiaries would be the DACA population, along with their siblings and parents.

"DACA, debt ceiling, budget, agreement, omnibus?"

"I really am not happy with the way it's going from the standpoint of the Democrats", he said. He's not said what the initial bill will be, and some speculate it could be Trump's proposal or something like it.

The poll also found public support for President Trump and congressional Republicans' landmark tax plan had increased by 21 percentage points since Monmouth's December poll.

Without a deal, Democrats risked a backlash from liberal voters furious about any failure to protect the young immigrants known as "Dreamers".

There are 34 Senate seats up for re-election, but Democrats are defending incumbents in 26 of them.

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