Jesse Helms

Senators begin freewheeling immigration debate, and it's anyone's guess where it will end up

Senators begin freewheeling immigration debate, and it's anyone's guess where it will end up

As the Senate opened a much-anticipated immigration debate Monday, lawmakers may be embarking on something rarely attempted anymore in Congress: openly and collaboratively legislating.

Not in several years has there been a freewheeling process to draft and vote on important legislation. In the increasingly partisan climate, bills are typically crafted behind doors and either accepted or rejected, as seen in the GOP’s recent tax-cut plan or the ill-fated attempts to repeal Obamacare.

But that is not what is expected — at least not so far — when the Senate tries to strike a compromise to protect young “Dreamers” from deportation while beefing up border security and making...

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