The bill would grant permanent legal status to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients, provide new security measures along the U.S. -Mexico border, and offer legal status and a path to citizenship for individuals who have lived in the U.S. since December 31, 2013.
DACA had been set to expire on March 5 after Trump canceled the program last fall and asked Congress to come up with a legislative solution by this date.
"March 5th is rapidly approaching and the Dems seem not to care about DACA", he wrote.
"The bill I'm introducing with Senator McCain today doesn't solve every immigration issue, but it does address the two most pressing problems we face: protecting DACA recipients and securing the border", Coon said.
The White House has been aware of the legislation introduced by Texas Republican Rep. They have called their bill a "foundation" for conversations about a big deal.
The McCain-Coons bill also authorizes a study of needed border security enhancements but stops short of providing the $25 to $30 billion the White House has said is needed to build a wall.
Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) announced Monday morning they have introduced a bill that would provide permanent legal status to thousands of young immigrants living in the country illegally known as "Dreamers", while providing funding for modern border security enforcement such as the use of surveillance drones.
The narrow immigration bill is created to end the impasse over a two-year budget deal.
The Delaware Democrat said he recognizes that the bill does not appropriate any money for the border security piece and he'd be willing to look at doing that as well - and he said he's still committed to the bipartisan Senate talks and is hopeful those could have a breakthrough and a base bill he'd support by the end of the week. Coons said that he's still hopeful that the bipartisan, Collins-Manchin "common sense coalition" will produce a broader deal on immigration this week. "We need to find a way through this gridlock to get Congress working again, and this is a viable path forward". "And it is my hope over the next few days of negotiating that we do something more", Coons said.
The McCain-Coons proposal comes with another government shutdown looming at midnight Thursday if the House and Senate can't agree on a spending plan. McCain has been recuperating from cancer treatments but is a veteran of efforts to pass immigration reform.