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    Kushner tells GOP it needs to unify behind immigration plan

    Exclusive: Kushner tells GOP it needs to unify behind immigration plan

    BY ALEXANDER BOLTON - 09/11/19 03:27 PM EDT 1,696


    Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner told Senate Republicans Wednesday that the party should unite behind a 600-page immigration plan he crafted ahead of the 2020 election so the party can provide a positive vision for immigration reform.

    Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, received a warm reception from Senate Republicans who attended the lunchtime meeting in the Senate’s historic Mansfield Room to discuss his ideas on border security and legal immigration reform.


    Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), an advisor to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Kushner’s bill would be good for the party because it would define Republicans as the party of legal immigration and draw a contrast with the Democrats as the “party of illegal immigration,” according to a person in the room.


    Kushner’s main message to Senate Republicans was it would be smart for the party to unify behind a plan to counter Democratic attacks that Republicans don’t have any interest in fixing the nation’s broken immigration system.


    He told lawmakers “it’s important that Republicans be for something and not against something and the president has worked hard to design this plan and we want to make sure we can all be unified as a party,” according to the source in the meeting.


    He also provided an update on the border wall, telling lawmakers the administration expects to have between 400 and 500 miles built by the end of next year. He noted that the number of illegal immigrants detained at the border has dropped and praised the management of acting secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan.


    Kushner acknowledged that his legislation is a starting point but argued it’s important to begin building on a foundational bill concentrated on two areas where Republican lawmakers can largely agree: strengthening border security and shifting the nation to more of a merit-based immigration system.


    His bill does not address more controversial topics such as what to do about illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. at a young age, known as Dreamers, or E-Verify, a program that enables employers to check on the immigration status of workers.


    Kushner described his proposals to beef up border security and reform legal immigration as “smart ideas” and predicted if Republicans can unite themselves they will at a minimum be able to win the policy argument ahead of the 2020 election, if not get a bill passed before 2021.


    He said that he has already worked extensively with Senate Republican offices to address their views and concerns, and has specifically addressed 11 concerns that various GOP lawmakers have brought to his detention.


    Kushner’s bill, which he discussed Wednesday, fleshes out the outline he presented to the Senate Republican conference in May.


    Senate Republicans discussed the reaction as generally positive although a few lawmakers raised concerns about missing elements.


    Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), for example, raised his concern about the need to include E-Verify, which he sees as the most effective way to combat illegal immigration, according to a person familiar with the meeting.


    Other lawmakers said they are happy to start small on something that most Republicans can agree on and build up from there.


    "This is a pretty good first step,” said Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who has jurisdiction over border security, describing Kushner’s legislation.


    The 600-page legislation has already been circulated to all 53 Senate Republican offices over the past two months. It focuses on two areas of immigration reform: strengthening border security and reforming the nation’s legal immigration system.


    Johnson was one of several senators who praised Kushner’s work in the meeting, according to sources who attended.


    “Jared has done a really good job of working hard, understanding the issue, working with members and a whole host of experts on this issue. He’s crafted the beginning, kind of the core of what we’re going to need to do to start solving this problem,” Johnson said.


    Johnson said his colleagues seemed enthusiastic about Kushner’s ideas.


    “I didn’t hear any negatives. You heard certain suggestions. Nobody is going to agree on everything,” he said, though acknowledged that Kushner’s plan will have to be expanded.


    “People do recognize that in order to pass something you’re going to have to eventually be discussing and add different elements but I’d much rather do one step at a time and concentrate on something we hopefully can agree on,” Johnson added.


    Senate Republican Steering Committee Chairman Mike Lee (R-Utah), who hosted the lunch, effusively introduced Kushner.

    Lee told colleagues that he had read the bill thoroughly and fully supports it.
    He also praised his work with Kushner last year on criminal justice reform, describing him as detail oriented and focused on getting results, according to a person in the room.


    “It’s important for us to talk about what we’re for when it comes to immigration,” Lee told The Hill after the meeting.


    Johnson, the Homeland Security panel chairman, said Kushner’s bill would “restore a lot of sanity to the border,” according to sources in the room.


    Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), a Trump ally, also praised Kushner’s work.


    Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) also made complimentary remarks about Kushner and his work, according to a person in the room.


    “The thing they’re doing that’s really constructive is they’re reaching out to all the senators to get their ideas and thoughts and comments and questions,” Sullivan later told The Hill.


    A Republican senator who requested anonymity to discuss the meeting described the reaction to Kushner as “positive.”


    Yet the lawmaker said there are some major issues not addressed in the bill.

    “It doesn’t deal with the fundamental issue of the people who are here. So it doesn’t deal with DACA,”
    he said, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protected Dreamers from deportation and which Trump moved to end in 2017.


    The lawmaker said the discussion focused on “the border” and “merit-based” immigration.


    “So it doesn’t deal with broad, comprehensive immigration,” the senator said.


    Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) said there was no pushback to Kushner’s plan in the room.


    "No, other than it can't neglect some of the other issues, especially the ones where the Democrats are going to focus on,” Braun said when asked if there was any criticism of Kushner’s bill.


    Braun said Kushner told GOP senators that he wants to focus on areas of consensus within the Republican Party at the start of the debate.


    "He said they're not going to disregard those, but they just want to focus on this because this ought to be something we all can agree to," Braun said.


    Asked if he supports the bill, Braun said: "I don't know the details. I'm definitely supportive of the idea of increasing legal immigration."

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    NO AMNESTY #8

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    Devils in the details and the article certainly isn't offering any details!

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