POLITICO The House and Senate are about to take up a massive measure to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws.
If passed, the bill would give priority to legal permanent residents and foreigners who have been in the U.S. for more than five years, making it one of the most sweeping reforms to the nations immigration laws since World War II.
The GOP proposal is the latest in a series of major legislative actions that have targeted immigrants and refugees, many of whom are Muslims.
A series of recent polls suggest Americans have been skeptical of the proposed changes.
The bill is expected to be reintroduced this year, although that date is not guaranteed.
It has not been debated in the House, where Republicans are largely controlled by conservatives.
The House passed the measure by a vote of 218-208, and the Senate approved it by a narrow 217-213 vote.
But even with the Senate backing the measure, it faces opposition in the Senate and is unlikely to get past the 60-vote threshold needed to move forward.
The measure is now headed to the Senate, where the Republican-led leadership has vowed to work with Democrats to find a compromise.
Trump campaigned on an immigration policy that would make it easier for illegal immigrants to come into the country.
But in the first months of his presidency, he has sought to reverse the changes he championed.
The president has also tried to push back against the refugee resettlement program that began under the Obama administration and the so-called sanctuary cities, where undocumented immigrants have been allowed to stay temporarily in order to avoid deportation.
Democrats are expected to use the refugee bill as a means of opposing the GOP agenda, with some of their own party’s top lawmakers vowing to oppose it.
The refugee bill, if passed, could give preference to legal residents and immigrants who are currently in the country illegally.
Democrats have already begun pushing back against a Republican attempt to overhaul the nation`s immigration system.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said last week that Republicans are trying to use “the refugee bill to force the president to compromise with Democrats.”
The White House has repeatedly insisted that Trump and congressional Republicans are committed to a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and that their proposals are only a temporary fix.
House has also said that they have not made any changes to the president`s proposed executive orders, such as the border wall or a crackdown on sanctuary cities.
The administration has also argued that the refugee plan does not go far enough.
The new legislation would not extend legal protections for people who entered the country as children.
And it would not allow those with visas to stay in the United States longer than 180 days, which would be a key feature of the previous legislation.
The White House says the new proposal is still much closer to what Trump promised than the original legislation.
“This legislation would do more to secure our borders and keep Americans safe,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said last month.