WASHINGTON — The White House will be releasing a legislative framework on immigration Monday.
That’s according to White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders wouldn’t say Wednesday 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.”
Meanwhile, Senators started a fresh search Wednesday for compromise immigration legislation, while President Donald Trump and his lawyers reportedly were gearing up for the prospect of an appearance before the Justice Department’s special counsel office investigating Russia collusion.
Around three dozen senators, evenly divided among Republicans and Democrats, planned to meet late Wednesday in what No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas said he hoped would “get people thinking about a framework that might actually work.” Their goal is to produce a bipartisan package to protect from deportation the “Dreamers” — hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the U.S. illegally after being brought here as children — and to provide billions to toughen border security.
Meanwhile, following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ questioning by the special counsel’s Russia investigators, President Trump and his lawyers are preparing for the prospect of his own interview that would likely focus on some of the same obstruction questions.