Senate to Start Open Debate on Immigration


With a spending deal now completed, Congress begins efforts this week to pass bipartisan immigration reform — starting on Monday with a rare, open-ended Senate debate set to focus largely on the future of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants known as “Dreamers.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently vowed that as long as the federal government stays solvent and open that he would allow such debate and see that proposals get a floor vote — with the Dreamers’ temporary deportation protections expiring March 5.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., expressed optimism Sunday that Democratic and Republican senators could agree soon on legislation that …

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