Trump urges GOP to vote on his immigration plan


When he addressed the Republicans in Philadelphia, Trump still felt compelled to legitimize his victory, so he spent a good portion of the talk recounting how he was the first GOP presidential candidate to win Pennsylvania in nearly 30 years.

That's according to excerpts of his remarks released by the White House.

"We'll either have something that's fair and equitable and good and secure, or we're going to have nothing at all", he told his fellow Republicans.

Some conservative Republicans have have indicated a willingness to support Trump's proposal.

The Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies, which favors restrictive immigration policies and has cheered many of Trump's stances on the topic, said Wednesday the president's framework amounts to "instant amnesty" for 1.8 million undocumented youth brought to America as children.

"Instead of lifting up the shared humanity of all those who aspire to be full and equal members of the American family, he (Trump) sneered that Americans are dreamers, too, a not-too-subtle swipe at young immigrants whose lives were plunged into crisis by his decision to end DACA", said Frank Sharry, executive director of America's Voice, a non-governmental organization that advocates a direct path to US citizenship for illegal immigrants.

"To get it done we'll have to make some compromises", Trump said, "unless we elect more Republicans". For instance, he could put the White House's bill up for a vote and demonstrate quite easily that it doesn't have the votes to pass, while also allowing Democrats to vote on other amendments to shape a final product.

"There's still a lot of work that needs to be done", said Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, in the Post's report. He also reiterated the need for new roads and immigration reform.

Amid the optimism were nagging questions about whether lawmakers will enact immigration changes or deadlock over Trump's calls for a wall along the Mexican border and a path to citizenship for young immigrants here illegally.

"The priorities of Republicans in Congress are the priorities of the American People".

President Donald Trump on Thursday will formally ask Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to use the White House's immigration overhaul framework as the legislative vehicle he introduces during a coming floor debate on the issue.

But he made that offer contingent on new curbs for other types of legal immigrants, and on a $25 billion fund to pay for his long-promised wall along the border with Mexico.

Sanford noted that more than 30 House Republicans have now made a decision to retire, run for other office or outright resign amid controversy - hardly a resounding vote of confidence in the Trump administration. Still, Democrats and Republicans in the chamber remain far apart. Democrats have blasted the plan and called it dead on arrival. "I think that he came in believing that he could force or bully with much greater effect than he, I think, he proved able to do", said Rep. Marc Sanford (R-S.C.), a staunch conservative who has regularly criticized Trump's demeanor.