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Arizona Sen. John McCain introduces bipartisan immigration bill

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PHOENIX — U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona introduced a bipartisan bill Monday that offered a path to citizenship for some immigrants but no border-wall funds.

The proposal from McCain, a Republican, and Democrat Chris Coons of Delaware, was rejected by the White House.

“While reaching a deal cannot come soon enough for America’s service members, the current political reality demands bipartisan cooperation to address the impending expiration of the DACA and secure the southern border,” McCain said in a statement Monday.

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that McCain’s bill would affect young immigrants who have lived in the country since Dec. 31, 2013. That would go beyond the estimated 1.8 million covered by the framework President Donald Trump announced in January.

The bill was a companion to a bipartisan bill in the House that was introduced by Reps. Pete Aguilar and Will Hurd.

“I am pleased that Senators McCain and Coons are working together to introduce this legislation in the Senate so we can solve this increasingly urgent issue,” Hurd said in a statement.

McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, would like the bill to end the cycle of short-term budget fixes or federal shutdowns, which in turn have held up military funding.

“It’s time we end the gridlock so we can quickly move on to completing a long-term budget agreement that provides our men and women in uniform the support they deserve,” the 81-year-old said in the statement.

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It’s not the first time the Arizona senator has jumped into action with a plan of his own to get things moving.

Last year, just weeks after he was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, McCain released a strategy that he believed would provide a more clear-cut military effort in Afghanistan.

McCain filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act after the White House, he felt, did not take action quickly enough.

He has been working from home in Arizona since undergoing further treatment.

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