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In this Jan. 5, 2016, file photo, a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle drives next to a U.S-Mexico border fence in the booming New Mexico town of Santa Teresa. The Trump administration is waiving numerous laws to clear the way for replacing existing vehicle barriers along a stretch of the US-Mexico border in New Mexico. The notice published Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in the Federal Register says the waiver extends around 20 miles west of the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

Senate deal grants amnesty to future illegals

The Senate's new immigration compromise not only grants legal status to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. before, but creates a new future amnesty that would even protect illegal immigrants who managed to sneak into the U.S. over the next four months, experts said. Published February 15, 2018

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks to reporters following a Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

New bipartisan immigration plan aids Dreamers in exchange for border wall

Democratic leaders and a handful of Republicans announced an agreement late Wednesday to build President Trump's border wall in exchange for granting citizenship rights to 1.8 million illegal immigrant Dreamers -- setting up a showdown with a White House that has panned that kind of bargain as "weak." Published February 14, 2018

In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., leaves a closed-door session where Republican senators met on the GOP effort to overhaul the tax code, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Trump takes on McCain on immigration

The White House said Wednesday that President Trump opposes the immigration plan sponsored by Sen. John McCain and which had been adopted as Democrats' chief solution for illegal immigrant "Dreamers," saying it would allow criminals aliens to get citizenship and protect high school gang members from deportation. Published February 14, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. answers a question during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Ryan says White House had 'breakdown' on Porter hiring

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said White House leaders "clearly have work to do" in fixing their vetting system after allowing Rob Porter, the former staff secretary, who was ousted amid reports of spousal abuse. Published February 14, 2018

In this Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, file photo Manuel Rendon, center in white, along with fellow members, recite the Pledge of Allegiance at a meeting of the Collin County LULAC Young Adults Council #4780 at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas. The oldest Latino civil rights organization in the U.S. is facing turmoil over its leader's initial support for President Donald Trump's immigration plan and it comes amid evolving membership. League of United Latin American Citizens members are pressuring President Roger Rocha to resign after he wrote a letter in support of Trump's proposal on increased border security. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez,File)

Court orders restoration of DACA program

A federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday that the government must restart the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals deportation amnesty, adding more weight to the legal case against President Trump's phaseout of the program just as Congress is debating the fate of "Dreamers" on Capitol Hill. Published February 13, 2018

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, leans in to speak to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., before his speech at the McConnell Center's Distinguished Speaker Series Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

McConnell: Immigration debate must be done by Friday

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate will only be debating immigration this week, and said if Democrats were serious about trying to find a solution for illegal immigrant "Dreamers" they better begin to offer plans. Published February 13, 2018

"We want to do two things: protect Dreamers and get 60 votes," said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. "It's not an easy needle to thread. But we're making good headway." (Associated Press)

Democrats look for new grand bargain on immigration

Democrats blocked an attempt Tuesday to crack down on sanctuary cities as they tried to steer the Senate's immigration debate toward their goal of legalizing "Dreamers" and away from major new security or policy changes that might upend the current immigration system. Published February 13, 2018

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks during a television interview Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. Sen. Flake, an Arizona Republican, announced he would not run for re-election in 2018, condemning in a speech aimed at President Donald Trump the "flagrant disregard of truth and decency" that is undermining American democracy. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Flake seeks to outbid Trump in amnesty deal

Seeking an immigration middle ground, Sen. Jeff Flake is working on a bill that would outbid President Trump's amnesty, but would include funding for his border wall and at least some action toward limiting the chain of family migration. Published February 13, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with state and local officials about infrastructure in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump falls short on budget-cutting promises

President Trump came into office last year promising to bring a businessman's approach to the federal budget, proposing $54 billion in cuts. In the end, he won less than $5 billion, said Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director. Published February 12, 2018

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., meets with reporters as work continues on a plan to keep the government open as a funding deadline approaches, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Schumer: Democrats 'cannot just run against Donald Trump'

Democrats need to have a message in this year's elections beyond antipathy to President Trump, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Monday, promising his party will run on an economic agenda of government support for average workers. Published February 12, 2018

President Trump's willingness to declare plans dead on arrival could determine the outcome of the immigration debate on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press/File)

Trump's veto threats shape Senate debate on immigration

All eyes will be on President Trump this week as the Senate begins its immigration debate, with Republicans hoping the White House will play an active role in ruling out proposals he won't accept, making it likelier he will get a bill he can sign. Published February 11, 2018

President Donald Trump smiles as he is introduced to speak to U.S. military troops and their families at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Sigonella, Italy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump to propose new budget to undo some of spending increase

Days after he signed a plan to boost spending by nearly $300 billion, President Trump will propose a new 2019 budget his aides said will try to undo some of that increase, in what they called an attempt to "bend the trajectory down." Published February 11, 2018

The U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday night, Feb. 8, 2018. The Senate passed a budget deal and spending measure to reopen the shuttered federal government early Friday morning, sending the bill to the House. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

House, Senate pass massive budget increase; vote to end gov't shutdown

The House approved a stopgap bill early Friday to keep the government open and to boost spending by about $300 billion over the next two years, acting swiftly after the Senate voted hours earlier to ensure that the government shutdown that began at midnight would be short-lived. Published February 9, 2018