By Ed O’Keefe and David Nakamura | Washington Post

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump reiterated his support Wednesday for a Republican plan to revamp the nation’s immigration system and threatened to veto any other proposal – just as a bipartisan group of senators said they’re on the verge of releasing an alternative plan.

In a White House statement, Trump urged the Senate to back the proposal, saying it accomplishes his vision for immigration. At the same time, the president rejected any limited approach that deals only with “dreamers” – immigrants who have been in the country illegally since they were children – and border security.

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Trump’s full-throated endorsement of legislation unveiled this week by a GOP group led by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, comes as a group of bipartisan senators worked on a possible solution to the intractable issue that could earn enough support in the closely divided Senate.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who has been co-hosting the bipartisan talks with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and about 20 other senators, said that the group should have a proposal ready to introduce by late afternoon.

“We’ll have something and it’ll have quite a few co-sponsors – bipartisan,” he said, declining to share other details.

Even if the group unveils a long-anticipated proposal, there is no guarantee that it will earn a vote on the Senate floor, or the requisite 60 votes needed to advance legislation.

And Trump’s latest warnings might deter members of both parties anxious about debating such an emotionally fraught issue at the start of an election year.

Trump said in his statement that he is “asking all senators, in both parties, to support the Grassley bill and to oppose any legislation that fails to fulfill these four pillars – that includes opposing any short-term ‘Band-Aid’ approach.”

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also has backed the GOP plan, and most Republicans appeared to be rallying behind the proposal by Grassley and six other GOP senators Tuesday.

It fulfills Trump’s calls to legalize 1.8 million dreamers, immediately authorizes spending at least $25 billion to bolster defenses along the U.S.-Mexico border, makes changes to family-based legal immigration programs and ends a diversity lottery system used by immigrants from smaller countries.

On a conference call with reporters, senior administration officials said the president had …read more

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