GOP Sen. Flake guarded about Senate OKing immigration deal


President Donald Trump offered Tuesday that he'd "love" to see the federal government shut down again if congressional Democrats do not agree to his terms on immigration policy, among other things, various news outlets have reported.

"If we don't change the legislation, get rid of these loopholes where killers come into our country and continue to kill. if we don't change it, let's have a shutdown".

The McCain-Coons legislation, like its counterpart in the House, tackles a problem that the president himself has said he wants to resolve.

Trump said we wanted a "bill of love".

The shutdown ended on January 22 when the Senate approved a temporary spending bill to fund the government through February 8. And if we don't get them changed, this isn't politics, this isn't Republican and Democrat, this is common sense. "And it's worth it for our country".

Democrats are not taking that approach this time around.

As ever, it's tough to know whether Trump really meant what he said, or if he'll tweet something completely contradictory in the next hour.

Kelly's remarks drew criticism from lawmakers and advocates for immigrant rights who countered that the DACA population is hard-working and that the Trump administration is attempting to demonize immigrants.

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Kelly also said that he did not expect President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE to extend a March 5 deadline that he gave Congress to take legislative action on DACA, which he rescinded in September.

It's now up to the Senate to prevent another shutdown.

The Senate's top Republican and Democrat signaled a deal was imminent that would raise both defense and non-defense spending maximum levels for the next two years, beyond the limits imposed by a 2011 law, clearing the way for lawmakers to swiftly pass a temporary spending bill before the government runs out of money at midnight Thursday.

The third-ranking House Republican, Representative Steve Scalise, said negotiations over the debt ceiling were being coupled with the Senate budget talks.

Guzman spoke out against the end of DACA during a rally held in Shakopee's Huber Park in the wake of President Trump's decision.

The only thing that seems to be set in stone is the March 5 DACA deadline. GOP leaders leaving a Monday evening meeting said Senate debate would likely begin next week.

But Trump's plan also comes with several restrictions, including strict cuts to what he calls "chain migration", otherwise known as family reunification - an immigration process established by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 that has allowed US citizens and those with permanent residency to petition to legally bring their closest relatives.