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McCain, Coons to introduce bipartisan immigration bill that doesn't fund border wall

On Monday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) plan on introducing bipartisan immigration legislation that gives Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients a pathway to citizenship and calls for a study to determine what border security measures are needed, The Wall Street Journal reports.

It does not contain immediate funding for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a priority for President Trump. "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," McCain said in a statement to the Journal on Sunday. "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 program and secure the southern border."

Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) and Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) have introduced similar legislation in the House. Last month, the government partially shut down for three days after lawmakers were unable to reach a deal on a spending bill, with Democrats saying they couldn't agree to a budget unless DACA was addressed. Funding is once again set to run out on Friday.