A bipartisan group of senators is working to draft a bill to reform the nation’s immigration laws by expediting citizenship for undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children and who have lived in the United States for years.
But the plan, which is being pushed by Sen. Ted Cruz Rafael (Ted) Edward CruzHow Flake came to secure Kavanaugh delay House Judiciary says Google CEO will testify later this year Second O’Rourke, Cruz debate postponed amid Kavanaugh nomination MORE (R-Texas), does not call for a quick end to the country’s current immigration system.
Instead, the group wants to allow people who entered before Jan. 1, 2020, to apply for a “temporary” or “temporarily” authorized visa to stay in the country.
Under that proposal, immigrants who arrived before Jan 1, 2019, would be able to obtain a temporary green card.
And they would not have to return to their home countries after a year.
But if the Senate and House legislation fails to clear the Senate on Thursday, it would be up to the president to decide whether to extend the temporary status.
The president has said that he will decide whether it’s appropriate to extend that status.
Cruz and fellow senators have previously said they would like to see a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply to become citizens.
The senators have been working to craft a bill with a wide-ranging mix of immigration reform proposals.
They want to put together a bill as quickly as possible.
A spokesman for Cruz did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Democrats have criticized the GOP senators for rushing their bill to a vote and not taking a balanced approach.
They say they want a bill in place before Trump takes office, which they argue would be good for the country and good for immigrants who are currently here.
In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar Amy Jean KlobubucharHillicon Valley: State officials share tech privacy concerns with Sessions | Senator says Trump is right to ask DOJ to investigate Russia probe | GOP to launch investigation into Trump University | FCC chair to testify on Capitol Hill GOP Senate candidate Kamala Harris calls on Senate leaders to ‘move forward’ on cyber security MORE (D-Minn.) said she would vote against the Senate version of the bill.
She noted that the GOP lawmakers have been silent on how they would pay for the bill and how they plan to address immigration reform.
“We don’t know how they are going to pay for this.
We don’t really know how the bill is going to be paid for,” Klobuc said.
“We don�t want to be in a situation where you have a bill on the floor that is essentially a political bill, which I think is the last thing that we need.”
Cruz and Klobus are the only Republicans to vote against Cruz’s bill.
The legislation has been met with skepticism from some conservatives, who say it would not address the immigration crisis.
The bill was passed in a narrow, bipartisan fashion last year by the Senate, but it is not a bipartisan bill, and there is still disagreement among Republicans over the proposal.
The White House has been working on its own plan to improve the nation�s immigration system, including a plan to allow undocumented migrants to obtain legal status without requiring them to return home to face deportation.
That proposal was released last week.
Trump is expected to sign the bill, but the Senate has not yet scheduled a vote.