MSNBC reports that the White House is considering a vote on a bill that would offer “comprehensive immigration reform” with a path to citizenship.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that President Donald Trump is considering whether to use a budget process to approve a bill.
Sanders said that Trump’s decision will likely be announced later in the day.
The legislation is being promoted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFBI reaches out to second Kavanaugh accuser Deborah Ramirez for comment: report GOP senator: No one should be held accountable for the Kavanaugh ordeal GOP senator calls on House to vote on Kavanaugh MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin Richard (Dick) Joseph DurbinsAjit Pai’s nomination to lead the FCC could put FCC out of commission Ajit Pai could end up as the next FCC chair if Trump appoints him to a Cabinet post MORE (D-Ill.).
Trump has previously said that he would not sign the legislation, but he has expressed openness to it if Democrats are willing to take a “progressive” approach to immigration reform.
Democrats have long argued that immigration reform should be a top priority, but many Republicans have balked at taking a hardline stance on the issue.
Trump has promised to “do everything possible” to secure the border, but his administration has struggled to implement changes to the nation’s immigration system that would allow undocumented immigrants to become citizens.