Senate to start immigration debate

The Senate today is scheduled start a debate on immigration that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) agreed to as part of the spending deal that ended last week’s brief government shutdown. McConnell is expected to present a bill open to a free-flowing amendment process in which senators will discuss increasing border security measures, a priority for President Trump and many other Republicans, and restoring protections for so-called DREAMers, young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. “We’re going to have something in the Senate that we haven’t had in a while,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). “It’s a real debate on an issue where we really don’t know what the outcome is going to be.”

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