Senate Democrats are starting to get behind a bipartisan immigration plan that could win over reluctant activists on the left — offering a chance for the party to coalesce after struggling for months to craft a workable strategy.
Democratic leaders on Tuesday sought a vote on a plan from Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) that would create a path to citizenship for more than 1.8 million undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. It would also boost border security though without funding the border wall sought by President Donald Trump.
That approach is already a no-go with Trump and many Republican senators, but Democratic leaders are hopeful it will help set the terms of debate.
Some on the party’s left flank were open to the approach on Tuesday, even as others held out for a compromise that is more likely to win the 60 votes needed to clear the Senate.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), one of several influential liberals who vowed to oppose funding the government absent a fix for the immigrants known as Dreamers, would support the McCain-Coons bill, her spokesman said Tuesday.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), a vocal …read more
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