WASHINGTON — Looking for feedback and support, the White House invited Republican senators Tuesday to discuss a “fairly comprehensive” new immigration plan being spearheaded by senior adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner. The group was expected to include lawmakers who have been in discussion with Kushner’s team about the plan, as well as more conservative members who could be more resistant to it. Among the dozen senators expected to attend were David Perdue of Georgia, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Tom Cotton of Arkansas. The meeting comes as Kushner is finalizing a plan that is expected to include two major components: Border security measures that would include efforts to secure ports of entry and a package of legal immigration proposals that would create a more “merit-based” system giving preference to those with job skills rather than relatives of immigrants already in the country.The plan is likely to be viewed with skepticism on Capitol Hill, which has struggled for decades to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Conservative Republicans are likely to oppose a plan that does not cut rates of legal immigration, while Democrats have made clear they will not accept changes without new protections of “Dreamer”… Read full this story
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